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The Symphonic Ensembles (including large instrumental bands and orchestras) play an important role in the educational and performance activities of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM). Students participating in Symphonic Ensembles gain invaluable experience through rehearsing and performing a wide variety of works from the symphonic canon.
The MCM has several performing groups within Symphonic Ensembles 1, including:
- Symphony Orchestra
- Wind Symphony
- Philharmonic Orchestra
- Concert Band
The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony take priority over all others. Auditions for all ensembles are usually held in February, after which students will be rostered on merit into an appropriate ensemble.
At the completion of the audition process, students will be placed by staff into a ‘primary’ performing group. Once a student has been placed into a performing group there is no flexibility for negotiating a change. Where applicable, students will then be rostered into a self-chosen ‘secondary’ performing group. It is important for students to provide staff with their preferred choices to enable staff to attempt to follow students’ wishes.
If students do not offer an order, staff will also choose each student’s secondary ensemble, again without recourse for negotiating a change. Students can offer to play in more than two ensembles (and many students do). Once both primary and secondary ensembles have been rostered, students cannot then change their ensemble priorities without the consent of both the Head of Area and Head of Orchestral Studies.
This subject is marked on a pass/fail basis and is not included in the weighted average mark (WAM) calculation.
This subject is co-delivered with MUSI10235 Symphonic Ensembles 1 (Breadth), MUSI20093 Symphonic Ensembles 1, MUSI20124 Symphonic Ensembles 1 (Breadth), MUSI30185 Symphonic Ensembles 1, MUSI30279 Symphonic Ensembles 1 (Breadth), MUSI90217 Orchestral Instrument Performance 1, and MUSI90224 Orchestral Instrument Performance 3. Students cannot simultaneously enrol in co-delivered subjects in the same study period.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- show technical development as ensemble musicians;
- participate with ability and self-confidence as a team member of a performing group;
- perform selected repertoire to concert standard;
- identify and exhibit specific knowledge of a range of ensemble repertoire;
- exhibit an informed respect for the values and principles of ensemble performance.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently;
- study selected repertoire relevant to the ensemble to performance standard;
- apply time and people management skills to rehearsal and performance planning;
- demonstrate teamwork skills in rehearsal/performance groups.
Last updated: 10 November 2023