UNSW Orchestra


Time: 6:30-9:00pm Tuesday, during term

Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

You will be required to bring your own music stand and pencil to every rehearsal. You will also not be permitted to share music.

If you are going to be absent from rehearsal, please complete this form prior to your absence.

In order to enter UNSW Sydney campus, all UNSW Students, Staff and visitors must complete the relevant COVIDsafe training.

UNSW Students: Must read the Safe Return to Campus Guidance; and agree to the Student Health and Safety Agreement

UNSW Staff: Must read the Safe Return to Campus Guidance; and and complete the Safe Return to Campus training.

All other visitors: Must watch the Safe Return To Campus training video 


Returning Members

New Members

Membership of UNSW Orchestra is by audition.

Late auditions will be held on Tuesdays prior to UNSW Orchestra rehearsals. To register for a late audition please email cmc@unsw.edu.au

We are currently auditioning: Violin, Viola, Double Bass, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion and Harp players.

The UNSW Orchestra was founded in 1989 to bring the live performance of fine music to the University community and to the many people who live in the surrounding suburbs.

The Orchestra was established by three undergraduate students, Jan Howe, Richard Pulley and Emery Schubert, with guidance from Professor Roger Covell of the (then) School of Music and Music Education and was initially funded by a grant from the (then) Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Birt. The vitality of the Orchestra today owes much to all these founders’ vision and caring.

The Orchestra’s repertoire is broadly from the Classical (1750-1810) and Romantic (1810-1910) eras. More recent works, especially works by contemporary Australian composers, are well represented in the Orchestra's programs, as is film music from the past four decades. Concertos for various solo instruments figure prominently. The soloists in these concertos are mostly students from the University’s music department. All musicians are members  of UNSW Society of Orchestra and Pipers

The Orchestra's first concert took place on 15 August 1989, and on 14 May 2010 it gave its 100th public performance. There are, at any one time, about 65 players in the Orchestra. Additional guest players are brought in as the need arises, usually for the rarer instruments such as bass clarinet, contrabassoon, harp and celeste, or when a large-scale symphonic work is on the program.

More than 1000 UNSW students both from UNSW School of the Arts and Media and other faculties, staff and alumni have played in the Orchestra over the first 30 years of its existence. This remarkable figure shows what a wealth of amateur musical talent there is on campus. It also reflects the inevitable annual turnover among players, as existing players go off with their degrees and new players join.

The minimum standard is Grade 8 AMEB.