AUSTA Playing Opportunities

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Essendon Symphony

The Essendon Symphony is a community orchestra based in Melbourne’s Moonee Valley that rehearses every Tuesday night from 7.15 – 9.45. We perform a variety of concerts throughout the year and have an excellent reputation both for our kids concerts, and our formal classical repertoire. Concerts are usually held in the Clocktower Centre. We have a wide age range and ability range of players and thoroughly enjoy rehearsals as well as cake during the break (when we can get it).

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West Melbourne Schools Orchestra

Founded in 2016, we aim to provide young musicians in West Melbourne a place to play good music and socialise with other like-minded students. We rehearse on Thursday night 6.30 – 8.30 at Footscray City College and welcome musicians aged 11 – 17 who live and/or attend school in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The ensemble is currently made up of students from 12 of the regions schools. Originally funded from a grant from the Rosemary and John Hopkins Award for Conductors, the ensemble is conducted by Jenny Going with regular visits from our patron Benjamin Northey.

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WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program

The WA Young Artists Chamber Music Program (WAYACHAMP) offers opportunities for string and piano students aged 11 – 17 to develop their musicianship by participating in chamber ensembles under the mentorship of Australia’s best chamber musicians. The premier program, WAYACHAMP Perth, is held annually in September at the University of Western Australia. The Program also holds regional events and play along days throughout the year.

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Early music

An informal reading group of mixed baroque violins/violas/cellos and viols (viola da gamba). Meeting in Chermside irregularly but usually once or twice a month. Modern strings welcome if you tune to A415. Fantastic consort music (polyphonic) by the best Renaissance composers. Maximum 6 per group. Brief introduction to viols included!

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Sinfonia Mid North Coast

Community orchestra of the mid-north coast of NSW is looking for upper string players of Grade 4 proficiency or above. From teens to seniors. Repertoire is mixed: baroque, classical, to modern popular, show medleys, jazz, etc. Rehearse Taree mainly for concert series performed for local communities across the mid-north coast. All voluntary. We are a friendly, inclusive group who love to play music together, with an active board, scholarships for our young players, cultivating a musical culture in our beautiful coastal and affordable region.

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Suzie G

Suzie G electric violinst available for solo work – corporate events, parties and launches in Australia and overseas. www.suzieg.com

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Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne’s oldest community orchestra plays five concerts a year in Melbourne and regional areas. Repertoire ranges from Mozart to Shostakovich and beyond. We proudly support emerging conductors in partnership with the Rosemary and John Hopkins Conductor Award and perform works by young composers. Players should be Grade 6 and above. We rehearse in Kew on Tuesday nights

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Western Australian Charity Orchestra (WACO)

The Western Australian Charity Orchestra’s mission is to change lives through music. Every performance is given to raise funds for charity, giving musicians the opportunity to make great music and make a difference. The orchestra has a high minimum standard, and entry to the ensemble is via screened audition only. WACO plays core symphonic repertoire alongside contemporary, film and Australian music

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Western Australian Symphony Orchestra

WASO is WA’s full time professional orchestra with around 90 players. Vacancies are advertised nationally. Auditions for casual employment are held during the year. For information regarding casual auditions please contact Keith McGowan on 9326 0058. Selected rehearsals can be attended by becoming a member of the Patrons & Friends of WASO – 9326 0016

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Perth Scottish Fiddlers

Perth Scottish Fiddlers was formed in 2009 to give musicians the opportunity to learn and play the rich and extensive fiddle music of Scotland.

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WA
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Vasek Young String Players Foundation

VYSPF is a registered charitable organisation dedicated to serving the larger community by working for the improvement of quality in Australian music education through courses, workshops, performances and the provision of resources. The VYSPF aims to provide scholarships and grants for WA string players under the age of 25, to develop a string resource centre for the WA music community and to establish a collection of fine string instruments for use by deserving students.

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Whitehorse Orchestra

Whitehorse Ochestra is a community orchestra which rehearses at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station St, Box Hill, on Saturdays between 9am & midday. It is open to all ages, but approx. AMEB gde 6 – 7 is recommended. The Musical Director is cellist, Gerald Keuneman, the Leader is violinist, Philip Carrington, both of whom are highly qualified musicians with strong commitment to community music. Please refer to the website www.whitehorseorchestra.org.au, for further information.

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Surrey Hills Orchestra

Surrey Hills Orchestra is a community orchestra that has been performing for 30 years. We rehearse each Tuesday evening and hold major concerts in May and November. Recent concerts included works by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Bizet. Surrey Hills Orchestra is proud of the diverse range of ages and professional backgrounds of its players. We encourage members to perform as a soloist in the August Concertofest. Players need to have had orchestral and/or ensemble experience and have the equivalent of at least Grade 7 AMEB. Good sight-reading skills are assumed and the willingness to practise between rehearsals. Acceptance to…

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Eltham Orchestras Inc

The Eltham Orchestras include 3 groups. A Beginner String group, Senior String group and full Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra rehearses weekly at Briar Hill Primary School, Beaconsfield Rd. Briar Hill. Beginner Strings 6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m., Senior Strings 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. and Orchestra from 8.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m. The repertoire is varied and includes a full theatre production with the Diamond Valley Singers annually. Money raised from the theatre show going directly to charitable groups such as World Vision, Open House and Elizabeth School, Malawi.

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Strings West

Styles: Classical, Contemporary, Film, World, Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Suitability: Ages 7 to 18 years Pricing: $24 per session Visit our Website for detailed information and easy online enrolment

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Ranges Young Strings

RYS is a small and enthusiastic and welcoming string orchestra in the Dandenong Ranges catering for players who have had at least 18 months of instrumental lessons on violin, viola, cello and bass. Ranges Young Strings is a small string orchestra based in the Dandenong Ranges, with an age range of approximately 8 – 17. It is a unit of the Dandenong Ranges Music Council. Directed by Rosalind Burns, the primary aim is to further develop skills and enthusiasm for playing a variety of string music. With a focus on music literacy and stylistic playing within a positive and fun…

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Melbourne String Ensemble

The Melbourne String Ensemble (MSE) is a dynamic and exciting orchestra of secondary and tertiary students performing high quality string repertoire. The ensemble has been established for nearly 30 years and places importance on developing the ensemble and musical leadership skills of its members. The MSE performs widely in Australia and overseas. Minimum standard of entry is 7th Grade violin and 6th Grade Cello. Music Director- Fintan Murphy. Please see the website www.mse.org.au for more information.

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Junior Melbourne String Ensemble (JMSE)

The JMSE is a new junior group which began in 2011. It is aimed at players in Year 4-7 at school (approx 9-12 years of age) with a minimum standard of Grade 3+ AMEB. It provides a unique opportunity for ensemble playing for string players who are advanced for their age. The music director for the JMSE is Julie Hewison, AMEB examiner, head of strings at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School and past president of the Victorian AUSTA association.

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Intermediate Melbourne String Ensemble (IMSE)

Commencing at the beginning of 2014, Fintan Murphy will be directing the new intermediate MSE which will run from 2-3pm on Saturdays between the JMSE and the MSE. This group will develop ensemble skills and the technical skills necessary for advanced ensemble playing. Aimed at players around Gr 7 AMEB or equivalent (violin/viola) or around Gr 5 AMEB or equivalent (cello).

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Norwood Symphony

The orchestra involves players of all ages with various levels of ability. Many of our members study or teach music, but equally, many members play their instruments purely as a hobby. However, we do recommend that you have a playing level of AMEB Grade 5 or higher. ?The Norwood Symphony Orchestra rehearses between 7.30 PM and 9.45 PM on Monday nights in the Don Pyatt Hall, within the Norwood Town Hall on the corner of George Street and Norwood Parade, South Australia. NSO membership fees are very affordable and pro-rata rates are available if joining partway through the year. Annual…

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