Auditioning for Orchestra and Chamber Singers

The School of Music recognises the importance of ensemble training for music students and encourages vigorous and enthusiastic participation. Any UQ student can audition for a place in:

  • UQ Symphony Orchestra
  • UQ Chamber Singers

Students who successfully audition must either:

If your audition is unsuccessful and you have already enrolled in an Ensembles Studies course, please drop your enrolment in that course and choose another course before the final date for addition of courses.

Both ensembles work towards developing excellence in rhythmic accuracy, pitch discrimination, acquiring a full dynamic range, and developing musical style and vitality. The ensemble directors choose repertoire and devise a rehearsal schedule and roster, taking into account the skills of the ensemble members and the performance venue, orchestration and concert format. There may be additional rehearsals during the semester including sectional rehearsals, depending on performance commitments.

Semester One 2021 Auditions

To audition for the UQ Chamber Singers:

  1. Email the Ensemble Director (Dr Graeme Morton) by Monday 22 February 2021 to indicate your interest in joining the ensemble. In the email, please introduce yourself, briefly describe your musical background and experience, and advise your vocal part (for example, soprano, alto, tenor or bass).
  2. Sign up on the registration sheet outside room 411, Zelman Cowen Building (51), for a 5 to 10 minute consultation with Dr Morton on Tuesday 23 February 2021.
  3. Attend the open rehearsal/group audition starting at 4 pm on Tuesday 23 February 2021 in the Noel Nickson Room, room 434, Zelman Cowen Building (51).
  4. Audition outcomes will be announced on Wednesday 24 February 2021.

To audition for the UQ Symphony Orchestra (UQSO):

  1. Email the Concerts and Engagement Officer at by Wednesday 24 February 2021 to indicate your interest in joining the ensemble. In the email, please advise the instrument you wish to audition on. 
  2. Download the orchestral excerpts relevant to your instrument at the bottom of this page and prepare for your audition. These excerpts are the only permissible repertoire for the audition and must be prepared in full.
  3. The Orchestral Manager will advise applicants of their audition time and results will be communicated by email before Thursday 12pm. Auditions will take place at the following times:
  • Monday 1 March, 6-9pm: Strings
  • Tuesday 2 March 6-9pm: Winds
  • Wednesday 3 March 6-9pm: Brass and Percussion 

Audition Excerpts
Double Bass