Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
University of Melbourne, Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road
Southbank 3006


$97 Audition Application Fee

The annual participation is subject to the outcome of funding applications and will be confirmed upon the offer of positions.

*Ensemble fees are inclusive of a $5 (incl GST) association membership fee. The balance of the ensemble fee is GST-free.


Financial assistance for the participation fee is available for regional students and anybody who is experiencing financial difficulties. Each year there is a wide range of support available. Details of scholarships and bursaries will be made available with offers for places, so we encourage you to apply for an audition regardless of your financial circumstances.





I am a current member of the Ensemble Program, do I need to apply for next year?
Yes! All positions are declared vacant at the end of each year. Therefore, all members must re-audition to ensure that they are allocated to an appropriate ensemble.

I made a mistake on my application form. What do I do?
Please email us as soon as possible; we will amend your application form for you. Please note that changes after audition times have been allocated will not be possible to accommodate.

I’ve missed the application closing date, can I still apply?
Applications for the 2024 Ensemble Program close on Friday 6 October 2023. Due to the volume of applications we receive and the availability of our audition panel, we are unable to accept any late applications for the main round of auditions. However, where there are positions available, we may hold late auditions throughout the year. We ask you to apply to our EP Waitlist and will be in contact if a position becomes available in your preferred ensemble(s). Apply for our waitlist here:

I didn’t receive my application confirmation or audition allocation email, what do I do?
This could be because of a few things:
1) The email may have made it into your junk mail. Check there first.
2) If your audition fee was not paid, your application would not have been finalised.
3) Your email address may have been entered with an error.
If you continue to have issues, please email us ( to look into and amend your application.

I don’t know what AMEB grade I am, what should I put on my application form?
The AMEB grades listed are your guide to the skill level required for each ensemble and are not a formal requirement. If you are not currently undertaking AMEB exams, consult with your teacher as they will know what equivalent standard you are. If you are still unsure, feel free to email ( or call us (03) 9376 8988

Can I join multiple ensembles?
Yes, members are able to play in more than one ensemble subject to instrument places available and provided they do not run concurrently. If applying for two ensembles on the same instrument, please select “I would like to apply for dual membership” option on your application. If applying for two ensembles on seperate instruments, please email us ( to access our second instrument application form.

Can I apply for both a Jazz Orchestra and a Symphonic/Concert Band?
Due to the differing audition requirements, any applicant wishing to apply for both a jazz orchestra and a symphonic/concert band must complete two separate forms and auditions. Please complete the form twice with one form specifying jazz and the other specifying a band. If in doubt, please contact us.

I would like to participate on Piccolo, Cor Anglais, Contrabassoon or Bass Clarinet, how do I apply?
To apply for any of the above instruments, please select it as an auxiliary instrument in addition to a primary instrument. For instance, select Clarinet as your primary instrument and tick Bass Clarinet when prompted.


When will my audition be?
Auditions will be scheduled across two weekends (25th/26th November and 2nd/3rd December). In line with adjudicator availability, we anticipate that the below instrument groups will be on the following dates. Please note that dates are subject to change based on application demand. All applicants must complete an in-person audition unless under exceptional circumstances. Applicants will be provided an official audition time via email on Friday 20th October 2023.

Saturday 25th November
MYJS Violins
MYCS Violins
ACS Violins
Brass Junior
Brass Senior
PGYO Low Strings

Sunday 26th November
MYJO (all instruments)
French Horn
MYS Low Strings
ACS Low Strings
MYS Violins
Harp & Piano
PGYO Violins

Saturday 2nd December
MYJS Low Strings
Flagship Low Strings

Sunday 3rd December
Flagship Violins
MYS Violins
MYCS Low Strings

I would like to audition on more than one instrument, what should I do?

Except for those playing auxiliary woodwind instruments, you will need to complete a second application form and pay for a separate audition. We will make every effort to schedule your two auditions as close together as possible. Email to get a second instrument application form.

Do I need an accompanist for my audition?

No, all auditions are performed unaccompanied; therefore an accompanist is neither required nor permitted.

What do I need to prepare for my audition?

Audition requirements vary by ensemble. Information with specific audition requirements will be sent to you via an automated email once you submit your application form. If you do not receive this information, call our office (03) 9376 8988.

How difficult should my own choice work be?

We recommend that you choose a piece/s that best represents your abilities at the time of your audition. We highly recommend choosing a piece you are already working on. Talk to your instrumental teacher if you’re unsure. If you are preparing two works, we recommend selecting contrasting pieces to show off your musical versatility.


I have a disability/require additional access support, what should I do?
MYO wants to ensure that our audition process and programs are accessible to all applicants. By arrangement, MYO will revise individual audition requirements to accommodate the accessibility requirements of any applicant. If you are unable to fulfil the written requirements, please contact us via email.

I don’t know what to prepare for my audition, what should I do?
If you’re unsure of what to prepare, please refer to your audition requirements document that you received upon applying. Your teacher can also assist in the preparation of your audition or you can contact MYO for further clarification.


How/when do I find out my audition results?

Results from auditions will be emailed to applicants on Wednesday 13 December 2023. If you don’t receive this, please check your junk mail before getting in touch with the office so that we can check your details and resend your results. Remember to confirm your acceptance of any position offered, otherwise, your place may be given to a reserve member in the second round of offers.

Can I get feedback from my audition panel?

Feedback from auditions is not available as information collected through the audition process is private and confidential. We are unable to share any information regarding an applicant’s specific audition result with the applicant, their parents or their teacher. You can also read our full Audition & Selection Policy here.


How do I submit my audition video?

If you are unable to attend your in-person audition for whatever reason, you can request a recorded audition. Please email us at if you are not available for the in-person audition and we can arrange instructions for a recorded audition or tick the option on the form. As per the recorded audition guide, recorded auditions will be due Friday 17th November.