Information for Students

Orchestra

Orchestra Flyer 2024 4

Why join a Festival of Music Orchestra

Joining the orchestra gives you the opportunity to:
 
  • play exciting and challenging repertoire
  • play amongst like-minded students and create lifelong friendships
  • perform on a prestigious stage in Adelaide – the Festival Theatre
  • experience a full season of performances (5 shows across 2 weeks)
  • play within a full orchestra (including rhythm section)
  • further develop your skills and techniques
  • take your musicianship to the next level
  • work with industry professionals
  • learn from highly accomplished conductors
  • perform alongside dancers and singers
  • play your part in a world class production

Expectations of Orchestra members

Orchestra is open to any Department for Education students in Years 5-10 (school does not need to be participating in the Festival). 
 Members must attend:

  • Weekly rehearsals from 4:20pm to 6:00pm (one night a week)
  • Full day or half day workshops as required (maximum of 3)
  • 3 full day offsite rehearsals
  • 5 rehearsals and 5 performances at the Festival Theatre

Please note that extra workshops, rehearsals or venue changes may occur to further develop the students learning. These will be advised as early as possible to assist your planning.

Orchestra Venues
PSMF Klemzig - Wednesdays 4:20pm - 6:00pm
Seaview High School - Thursdays 4:20pm - 6:00pm

Orchestra members are expected to: 

  • engage positively with the festival team
  • participate in all weekly rehearsals, full day workshops and programmed performances
  • prepare music for performances through weekly practice routines
  • cover the costs of materials including performance uniform
  • provide certain aspects of the performance uniform
  • take music to an instrumental teacher for support and skill development
  • be prepared for each rehearsal with appropriate materials including music, pencil and instrument

Cost - A materials fee of $80 (incl GST) is charged to cover cost of uniform, music folder and digital download of performances.

Orchestra Excerpts

**Please note as of 23 January 2024 there are ONLY vacancies for the following instruments for the Klemzig Orchestra;
Clarinet
Trombone
Electric Guitar
Violin
Viola
Cello

**Please note as of 23 January 2024 there are ONLY vacancies for the following instruments for the Seaview Orchestra;
Alto Saxophone
Trombone
Electric Guitar
Viola
Cello

Excerpts are available for students to download and learn to present at the audition.

  • Students will be required to prepare ALL THREE excerpts for the audition.
  • Each excerpt is designed for a particular purpose so please look at all musical concepts and ensure they are played correctly.

Orchestra 2024

Auditions 

Thursday 22 February - Unley Primary School, 222 Wattle Street, Malvern 5061

Audition time is approximately 10 minutes. No accompaniment is required.

**Please note as of 23 January 2024 there are ONLY vacancies for the following instruments for the Klemzig Orchestra;
Clarinet
Trombone
Electric Guitar
Violin
Viola
Cello

**Please note as of 23 January 2024 there are ONLY vacancies for the following instruments for the Seaview Orchestra;
Alto Saxophone
Trombone
Electric Guitar
Violin
Viola
Cello

Audition Requirements for all instruments:

1. Excerpts are available for students to download and learn to present at the audition.

  • Students will be required to prepare ALL THREE excerpts for the audition.
  • Each excerpt is designed for a particular purpose so please look at all musical concepts and ensure they are played correctly.

2. Students are also asked to present 1 piece of their own choice to demonstrate their ability. Please provide a copy of this music to the audition panel upon arrival – this music will be returned at the end of the audition.

3. Please see below for the ranges required.

NB: Electric Guitar students need to bring their own lead and instrument. An amplifier will be provided. 

There are suggested ranges and other information to assist you below.

If you are unsure, please discuss with your Instrumental Music Teacher, your Classroom Music Teacher or email the Orchestra Manager as soon as possible.

Michael McConnochie - orchestra.psmf786@schools.sa.edu.au

Instrument & Music Information
 

General comments

Syncopated passages are common in our arrangements

Music is generally aimed at Band Level 2/3

Music includes accidentals and a variety of key signatures

For more information about instruments not listed, please contact the Orchestra Manager

An audition time MUST be booked

MINIMUM RANGES

Woodwind
String
Woodbrass

For more information about our Orchestra and other Department ensembles visit:
https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/projects-and-programs/music/school-music-ensembles