ANU Orchestra Auditions for Semester 2

ANU Orchestra in Concert, May 2021. Image by Peter Hislop

Are you an orchestral musician looking to play in the ANU Orchestra in 2022? 

Housed at the ANU School of Music and conducted by Canberra’s Max McBride, this Orchestra is a chance to play with the best music students at ANU, as well as professionals from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

Orchestra members will rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7.00 - 9.00PM in the Big Band Room.


Audition dates

Applications for Semester 2 auditions closed Friday 22 July 2022. Auditions will be held between 5 and 7pm on Monday 25, Tuesday 26, and Wednesday 27 July.

If you have any queries, please email School of Music Administration.


Audition eligibility and requirements

Current ANU Orchestra members may not be required to reaudition for 2022.

Applications are open to all ANU students, including Alumni up to 5 years after graduating, plus musicians in the community from 16 - 26 years of age.

Strings - Grade 7 AMEB and above or equivalent.
Wind and Brass - Grade 6 AMEB and above or equivalent.

Applicants will be required to perform the following at the audition:

1. Piece of your own choice (5’)
2. Relevant orchestral excerpts
3. Sight reading

Applicants are to audition without piano accompaniment.


ANU Orchestra ON TOUR

A small group of members of the ANU Orchestra will be selected to go on tour to regional NSW in September, 2022. Unfortunately the tour is not open to pianists.

At the Tour audition, applicants are required to perform two contrasting works totalling 5 minutes.



Current and prospective members of the orchestra are invited to audition to perform a concerto (or movement thereof) at the end of semester 2 concert. Please be advised that only concerti available in the ANU Library or on IMSLP will be considered. Pianists are welcome to apply.

At the Concerto Gala audition, applicants are required to perform a movement of their selected concerto (or excerpt not exceeding 5 minutes).

Updated:  23 July 2022/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications