Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

  • CRICOS code: 094859D

Course overview

  • 2 years full time
  • On Campus (Southbank)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February


Prepare for a specialist career in instrumental performance.

The Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) is an exciting new practice-based coursework degree integrating orchestral, chamber and solo repertoires.

This two-year program connects you with professionals in the industry with partnerships between the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a selection of local and regional professional orchestras. You’ll participate in ensembles and classes at the Conservatorium as you gain industry experience with professionals in side-by-side projects, as well as in elective placement opportunities with industry partners.

You’ll enjoy comprehensive opportunities to develop as a well-rounded performer in solo, orchestral, and chamber music performance: all students study all three repertoires as a core part of this program, and you can pursue additional orchestral or chamber music training through electives.

With individual lessons in every semester of your degree, you’ll receive high-level training that refines your orchestral instrument performance skills. Then you’ll showcase your talents in end-of-semester performances, including concerto performances and recitals of solo and chamber works.

You’ll also advance your specialised skills in orchestral performance as you:

  • Participate in symphonic ensembles throughout the program
  • Undertake targeted preparations for the orchestra audition process in core and elective subjects
  • Enrich your knowledge and interpretational perspectives on the orchestral repertoire.

Rehearse and perform in the world-class facilities of the Ian Potter Southbank Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct – then graduate as a highly trained musician with the experience, skills, knowledge and insight to transition into a sustainable orchestral career.

Who is this course for?

The Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) is designed for students looking to enhance their performance skills to prepare for careers as orchestral musicians.

With elite-level training and industry experience, you’ll engage with the full spectrum of repertoire and performance contexts relevant to modern symphony orchestras.