Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

Important! Please make sure you have read the How to Apply information for this course prior to reading the audition requirements below.

Audition dates

2023 Start Year Intake

Applicants can choose to either:

  • Nominate a live, face-to-face audition at the Southbank campus via the supplementary application form, due 31 October 2022. Auditions will be held from Monday 21 November to Friday 25 November 2022. Interviews will take place on the same day as the audition.


  • Submit a video-recorded audition via the supplementary application form, due 16 November 2022. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview via Zoom in November.

Applicants are advised that there is no preference given to those that choose a live audition, over submitting a video recorded audition, and vice-versa.

Audition requirements

Applicants should prepare:

  • a 20-minute audition using prescribed repertoire for their instrument including:
    • orchestral excerpts; and
    • a movement of a standard concerto (or equivalent)
Prescribed audition repertoire:

Bass Trombone

Bassoon Contrabassoon



Double Bass

Flute Piccolo

French Horn


Oboe CorAnglais

Tenor Trombone

Timpani and Percussion





Please ensure that:

  • You and your instrument are clearly visible in the video.
  • Solo work is recorded in one single unedited take with piano accompaniment, it may be recorded separately to the excerpts.
  • All excerpts are recorded in one single take; recording must be unedited.
  • Excerpts must be performed in the order listed.
  • You upload a queue sheet identifying the order and time each excerpt begins in your recording.

Interview requirements

Applicants should prepare to:

  • sight-read a set excerpt (30 to 60 seconds); and
  • discuss intentions and goals in undertaking the course; and
  • professional and/or academic history in relation to the field; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of instrumental performance as a multifaceted artform

How will I be assessed?

Your portfolio will be assessed against the following criteria by the selection panel:

  • relevant experience and knowledge
  • communication skills
  • aspirations

Your audition will be assessed against the following criteria by the selection panel:

  • excellence in performance on your instrument

In the interview, shortlisted applicants will be assessed against the following criteria by the selection panel:

  • accuracy of sight reading
  • clarity of communication and presentation
  • artistic curiosity and engagement with the field
  • demonstrated potential to work constructively and collegially in a professional orchestral setting
  • reflections on own practice, its context and histories.