Monash Academy Orchestra
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Monash Academy Orchestra

Monash Academy Orchestra (MAO) is a symphony orchestra based on the Monash University Clayton campus providing a unique musical journey for students within the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance as well as musicians from the wider university community. You will have the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded musicians, and experience extraordinary music first hand. Entry to the orchestra is by audition, and is open to all Monash students – students do not necessarily need to be enrolled in a Bachelor of Music in order to be eligible to audition. The orchestra currently has a large number of members from a range of different faculties, including Arts, Medicine, Law, Commerce, Engineering and Education. The MAO is committed to performing the work of Australian composers. To this end, a new work from an Australian composer is commissioned by Monash Performing Arts Centres each year, and premiered by the MAO.

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Monash Academy Orchestra Performances 2023

Performance dates for 2023 will be confirmed soon. Stay tuned!

Monash Academy Orchestra Performances 2022

In 2022 we are continuing our long running series of orchestral concerts, and are thrilled to be returning to the stage of the Robert Blackwood Hall.

Program 1 – Still We Rise – Sunday 15 May, 2022, Robert Blackwood Hall

Paul Grabowsky Cythera
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
Vanessa Perica Still We Rise*
Gershwin An American in Paris

Roy Theaker conductor
Thong Truong piano

*Monash University 2021 Ed Byrne Commission

Program 2 – Rediscovery – Sunday 14 August, 2022, Robert Blackwood Hall

Thomas Meadowcroft Evening Continuo*
Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto
Louise Farrenc Symphony No.1

Carolyn Watson conductor
Naomi Whimpey trumpet

*Monash University 2022 Ed Byrne Commission

2023 Auditions

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  • Entry to the orchestra is by audition - all members must audition for a position each year. Applicants will need to submit a video recording of the set orchestral excerpts (found below).

    • All applicants should complete an audition application form though the MAO website
    • Applicants will need to submit a single take unedited video recording (not just an audio recording)
    • Recordings to be submitted by email and/or file-sharing link sent to the orchestra administrator
    • All recordings must be submitted by Friday 24 February, 2023
    • The files must be clearly labelled with the instrument and applicant’s name

    Please submit an audition application here.
    Please contact the orchestra administrator, Hannah Trinca, for further details:

  • Flute - Download
  • Piccolo - Download
  • Oboe - Download
  • Cor anglais - Download
  • Clarinet - Download
  • Eb Clarinet - Download
  • Bass Clarinet - Download
  • Bassoon - Download
  • Contra Bassoon - Download
  • French Horn - Download
  • Trumpet - Download
  • Tenor Trombone - Download
  • Bass Trombone - Download
  • Tuba - Download
  • Percussion and Timpani - Download
  • Harp - Download
  • Concertmaster - Download
  • Violin - Download
  • Viola - Download
  • Cello - Download
  • Double Bass - Download