Chamber Ensemble

An inclusive multi-instrumental ensemble for adults

Music For Canberra’s new Chamber Ensemble is an inclusive and flexible, multi-instrumental ensemble group, exploring a variety of musical genres including classical, traditional, folk, contemporary and more, arranged for different instruments in combinations from duos to octets. Input on repertoire will be taken from players throughout the year and feedback is always welcome.

Joining an ensemble group is a fantastic way to meet like-minded players and hone your musical skills in a fun and friendly group environment. Some experience of playing your instrument and reading music is required, although students will be able to learn and prepare their parts at home.

Music For Canberra believes strongly in the importance of performance in improving the self-confidence and musical ability of students of all ages, and Chamber Ensemble participants are certainly encouraged to participate in concerts and other community events (but are under no pressure if they don’t wish to).

New participants are encouraged to come along for a free trial to make sure the class is at the right level – please complete a membership form or contact the office to enquire about coming along.

Rehearsal Details

Wednesday evenings during ACT school terms
6.15 – 7.15pm
Ainslie Arts Centre



Conductor: Rita Woolhouse

ASCM, DSCM (NSW Conservatorium of Music)

Rita attended the NSW Conservatorium of Music High School before enrolling in tertiary study at the Conservatorium, graduating with a DSCM in performance. Rita studied under Colleen McMeekin, Nathan Waks and David Pereira, and later undertook further studies in the UK with Joan Dickson and Christopher Bunting.

As well as working as a freelance musician, Rita has taught cello and conducted string ensembles in many schools, at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and at the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium. She has also worked as AMEB string examiner for a number of years.

Rita regularly plays in classical chamber music and orchestral concerts, and also collaborates with musicians in other genres such as folk, Celtic and cabaret music.