For Players

New players

We’re always looking for new musicians, particularly in the string sections. We are a strong community of friendly musicians of all ages and backgrounds, and enjoy working together to perform music for a worthy cause.

While we don’t hold auditions, we work on the principle that players self-regulate. We play difficult pieces in their original version to a high standard of performance, and players should feel comfortable in their ability to perform symphonic music from the baroque, classical, romantic and modern repertoire. As a guide, we suggest a standard of Grade 7 AMEB (or equivalent) with orchestral experience and a commitment to attend all rehearsals.

If you would like to join The Melbourne Sinfonia, please email our Orchestral Manager at: If we don’t have a suitable vacancy for you, we have a waiting list.

Rehearsal venue and time

We rehearse on scheduled Wednesday evenings at Flemington Primary School, cnr of Mount Alexander Road and Padman Lane, Flemington. Rehearsals start at 7:45pm sharp and conclude at 10pm, with a 15 minute break at 8:45pm. Please arrive by 7:30pm to allow time to set up. Limited free parking is available on site. Music is provided but BYO music stand. 

2024 concert and rehearsal dates

* Friday 14 June: May 8, 15, 22, 29; June 5, 12
* Friday 6 September: July 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4
* Friday 22 November: October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20

Player fee

We ask all players to pay $30 for each concert in which they perform. This fee contributes to the orchestra’s operating expenses (including hire of venues, music and instruments; audit fees and printing costs) and enables us to donate to the RCH Gatehouse Centre, which supports children and adolescents who have been sexually abused.

Please pay your $30 fee prior to each concert. Note that it is not tax-deductible.

Online payment for the June 2024 concert fee will be available here soon.

If you prefer to pay by cash or online bank transfer, or have any questions, please contact your section convenor or the Treasurer at Thank you for your support.