Audition for 2017 James McCusker Orchestra

Auditions for Music For Canberra’s 2017 James McCusker Orchestra will take place on Sunday 20 November and Saturday 10 December 2016. To register and choose your audition timeslot (10 minutes per audition) please visit the JMO Auditions Booking Page.

Next, please visit the Audition Excerpts page to download and print the music appropriate to your chosen instrument, to begin preparing for your audition.

What can I expect at my audition?

An audition for a Music For Canberra orchestra lasts approximately 10 minutes. Prior to your audition date, you can access a printable PDF of Audition Instructions and music to prepare.

The audition panel will consist of two Music For Canberra creative staff and they will ask you to perform:

  • 5 minutes of a solo work of your own choice, which you (and your instrumental teacher) feel exemplifies your skill
  • one piece of sight reading music which you have not seen before
  • set pieces which you can download on our Audition Excerpts page

Musicians must arrive at the set venue (Ainslie Arts Centre or ANU School of Music) 20 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time to warm-up in designated “green rooms” and prepare for their audition.

I want to play less formally – are there any groups I don’t have to audition for?

Music For Canberra also offers many other musical ensembles which you don’t need to audition for; if your personal musical goal is to play socially rather than pursuing a professional pathway, you may be interested in:

All of our groups perform throughout the year, and many of them will have upcoming events happening soon! Check our Events page regularly to see if the group you’re interested in is performing soon, and take a look through our event photo albums on Facebook to see what Music For Canberra students have been up to in the past.