Music Ensembles

Which Ensembles can you join?

Open to all UNSW students by audition:

UNSW Orchestra, Burgundian Consort, Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz Conjunto, Medical Music Society Orchestra, Tango Ensemble.

Open to all UNSW students no audition:

Collegium Musicum Choir, UNSW Wind Symphony

Open to any UNSW students through the courses BA Performance Labs A/MUSC1708 (12UOC) or Music Ensemble/MUSC4706 (6UOC), as well as all UNSW BMus students:
Audition or Submission required:

Advanced Jazz Ensemble, Bulgarian Voices, Burgundian Consort, Chamber Music Ensemble, Colla Voce, Contemporary Composition Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Intermediate Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, Sound Lab Live, Tango Ensemble.

No Audition required:  

Balinese Gamelan, Chinese Music Ensemble, Fundamentals of Improvisation, Handbells Ensemble, Jazz Composition Ensemble, Jazz Keyboard Ensemble, Latin Conjunto, Sound Lab Studio, West African Drum.

Performance Lab Students

Students enrolled in a performance lab course must participate in an ensemble as a course requirement. These students must be aware that they need to attend 80% of ensemble classes as they would any other SAM class in order to meet the course requirements. These students will do part checking in Weeks 10 or 11, depending on the ensemble, and will receive an ensemble grade and feedback.

Students must also register/audition for an ensemble during O-Week as all ensembles start in Week 1. If students find themselves not signed up to an ensemble by Week 1, they must contact their convenor immediately.

View Trimester 2019 Music Ensemble Timetable (PDF) [227 Kb]

Below are details of how to sign up, or audition for each ensemble for Trimester 2019.

Advanced Jazz Ensemble (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble Director: Alister Spence <alister.spence@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs Weeks 1-10, Thursday 4pm-6pm, Webster G16

Please submit a paragraph about yourself and short recording of your jazz performance and improvisation by emailing this to the ensemble director during O Week in order to be registered for the ensemble. See below for the audition format.

This ensemble is for students who are experienced in jazz improvisation and have some practical performance experience. Vocalists and instrumentalists on any instrument are welcome in this ensemble. It is intended that participants will gain insight and experience and develop a more effective performance practice, both as a soloist, and as a member of a contemporary jazz ensemble. Pieces will be chosen performed in the ensemble from standard and contemporary jazz and jazz related repertoire, covering a wide range of styles and rhythmic approaches. Original works are welcomed!

Topics that will explored include: applying modes, understanding choices related to harmony, re-harmonisation, metric modulation, rhythmic and melodic development. Stylistic flexibility and abstraction will also be touched on. Time will be spent seeking to develop effective group, soloist, and rhythm section interactions.

The Advanced Jazz Ensemble works in a supportive and encouraging environment. The performance results have been consistently outstanding! There will be a public performance towards the end of the term. Performance at this concert is compulsory for ensemble members.

Audition Format:

Please send a short paragraph about your musical experience and a short recording of yourself performing a 12 bar jazz blues in the following format:

• 1 chorus of melody

• An improvised solo over the form of the composition (2 choruses)

• 1 chorus of melody

Drummers should play a blues in the following format:

• Play the rhythm of the chosen blues melody (e.g. Billie’s Bounce, Tenor Madness) on the kit (1 chorus)

• 2 choruses of solo over the 12 bar blues form

• 1 chorus of melody

Please provide your student Z ID, Performance Lab course code (if known) and specify whether or not this will be your primary ensemble.

Previous members of the Advanced Jazz Ensemble are not required to audition. However, they must contact Alister Spence by email during the week before the ensemble begins in each term to confirm their interest in joining the ensemble. Please provide your student Id, Performance Lab course code and specify whether this will be your primary ensemble.

UNSW Jazz Syllabus (PDF) [433 Kb]

Balinese Gamelan (T2)

Runs in Term 2 only

Ensemble Director: A/Prof Manolete Mora  <m.mora@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Tuesday 4pm-6pm, Robert Webster 331

The Balinese gamelan at UNSW is a variation of the semar pegulingan type, a gong-chime ensemble consisting of up to thirty players. The UNSW ensemble consists of metallophones, gongs, and other instruments, such as flutes, fiddles, drums and cymbals. This type of gamelan music is based on a seven-tone scale and can be used to perform a diverse repertoire including contemporary gong kebyar compositions, which are characterised by brilliant sounds, syncopations, sudden and gradual changes in sound colour, dynamics, tempo and articulation, and complex, complementary interlocking melodic-rhythmic patterns (kotekan).

Bulgarian Voices (T1)

Runs in Term 1 only

Ensemble Director: Mara Kiek <mara@maramusic.com.au>

To sign up - email your interest to Mara Kiek

Audition Date: 19 February, 2019 in Webster room G18 from 1-3pm.

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Tuesday 4pm-6pm, Webster 306

In the Bulgarian Voices Ensemble course, students will learn about the characteristic elements of Bulgarian folk music and the vocal technique required for authentic performance of Bulgarian traditional choral repertoire.

In learning about this unique singing style, students will gain an insight into the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism and vocal health. This knowledge can then be applied to other genres of singing and voice use generally.

There will be a focus on typical harmonic and rhythmic elements of Bulgarian folk music and the historical context within which it developed.

Burgundian Consort (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Monday 4-6pm, Webster G16

All members must undergo an audition prior to joining the choir.

Auditions take place on Tuesday February 12, from 10am.

Rehearsals are 4:00-6:00pm every Monday in Robert Webster G16.

Auditions required. Please follow the below link to make appointment for voice placement:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pM_2PxXn20i44Qhnufn7o57okFGp0TVChDqf8_JxWL9UN1JKTVJIUkZZSVFYM1FXTkRMVTJQNkJIWi4u

For more information, please see the MPU website: http://music.unsw.edu.au/choral/burgundian-consort

Music Performance Unit: <cmc@unsw.edu.au>     or    (02) 9385-3803

Chamber Ensembles (T2, T3)

Runs in Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble Director: Dr Kim Burwell  <k.burwell@unsw.edu.au>

Chamber music is offered to a limited number of small ensembles which will be chosen on merit. To audition, you should come along in your pre-formed ensemble, ready to perform repertoire that you have previously rehearsed, even if it is still a work in progress. You should also be prepared to discuss your intentions for repertoire during the semester. We will be looking for repertoire that is challenging, and that offers participants shared responsibilities across a range of ensemble skills.

Chinese Music Ensemble (T3)

Runs in Term 3 only

Ensemble Director: Meya Min Dong <meyamusicsydney@gmail.com>

Please express your interest by email before Term 3 to Meya Min Dong

Ensembles runs Weeks 1-10, Wednesdays 6pm-8pm, Webster G18

Colla Voce Ensemble (T2)

Runs in Term 2 only

Colla Voce Programme (PDF) [2 Mb]

Ensemble Director: Dallas Watts  <dallaswatts@icloud.com>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Tuesday 4pm-6pm, Robert Webster 334

COLLA VOCE  (Vocal Workshop)

This ensemble is for those singers who want to get on stage and perform solos,duets and larger chorus scenes from Operas and Musicals. Improvisation interacts with major vocal works, culminating in a major night performance at the Io Myers Studio at UNSW.

The theme of the concert will be LIBERTE (liberty).The workshop will explore the way the politics of the French Revolution has impacted on Western Classical Music. Excerpts from Carmen, Les Miserables, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Fidelio, Faure's Requiem, Andrea Chenier and La Traviata will be explored for the final showing.

Audition Requirements: Find the lyrics/music for the French National Anthem (La Marsellaise) and select/sing two verses * in either French or English (preferably both). A rehearsal Accompanist will be available on the day, and there will also be a part-singing extract given at the audition, so you will need to set aside the full 2 hours for the audition.

Collegium Musicum Choir (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Wednesday 5pm-8pm, Clancy Auditorium. One enrolment.

All new members must undergo a voice placement prior to joining the choir.

Auditions take place on Wednesday February 13, from 10am.

Rehearsals are 5-8pm every Wednesday in Sir John Clancy Auditorium.

Auditions required.  Please follow the below link to make appointment for voice placement:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pM_2PxXn20i44Qhnufn7o57okFGp0TVChDqf8_JxWL9UN1JKTVJIUkZZSVFYM1FXTkRMVTJQNkJIWi4u

For more information, please see the MPU website: http://music.unsw.edu.au/instrumental/unsw-orchestra

Music Performance Unit: <cmc@unsw.edu.au>     or     (02) 9385-3803

Contemporary Composition Ensemble (T1)

Runs in Term 1 only. 

Ensemble Director: John Peterson  

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Monday 4-6pm, Robert Webster G18

We are pleased to announce that composer, John Peterson, will be directing the Contemporary Composition. There are places open in the ensemble, so if you are interested please contact John as soon as possible to register.

The Contemporary Composition Ensemble offers an "experimental space" where students create, rehearse, and participate in the performance of new works no matter their level of experience. While a series of short seminars will supplement the course, the focus here is on practical music making, on not only the ways composers capture and shape their ideas, but also how they can best bring their “paper music” to life.

By the end of the semester, students will have learned ways of developing their aural acuity, particularly their “inner ear”; refined their compositional technique through in-class tasks and feedback; improved their notation skills; and gained experience in leading a rehearsal. Most importantly, though, they will have heard a work of their own performed by an ensemble of their peers in a wholly supportive environment.

Fundamentals of Improvisation (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 

Ensemble Director and contact for T1: Eamon Dilworth  <eamondilworth@gmail.com>

Ensemble runs Weeks 1-10, Wednesday 4pm-6pm, Webster G18

Sign up in O week - email ensemble director Eamon Dilworth at eamondilworth@gmail.com to sign up. 

This is a 2 hour performance class that explores the 'how to' of improvisation in a practical setting.

No prior knowledge of improvisation is necessary, however participants in this ensemble are expected to be able to play their instruments with some proficiency, and to be able to read music.

The ensemble will perform together in an extended rhythm section and melody instruments workshop setting, with the repertoire being chosen primarily from the jazz tradition though not limited to that.

The harmonic and melodic structure of the pieces will be analysed and scalic/ modal possibilities suggested. Each student will be given an opportunity to explore these ideas in the performance of the piece(s). Pointers will also be given on group performance, 'groove', dynamics etc.

Please click below for the UNSW Jazz Syllabus:

UNSW Jazz Syllabus (PDF) [621 Kb]

Guitar Ensemble (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 with one enrolment only.

Ensemble Director: Janet Agostino  <janet.agostino@outlook.com>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Wednesday 4pm-6pm, Webster 331

Students who played in the Guitar Ensemble in 2018 do not need to re-audition. All other students will be required to audition prior to Week 1. 

Please contact the ensemble director Janet Agostino to discuss your intent to audition. 

The UNSW Guitar Ensemble provides a forum for classical guitar students to explore a wide range of repertoire as well as to refine ensemble skills, including sight reading, rhythmic and stylistic accuracy, balance and creating an effective tonal palette. There will be performances scheduled throughout the year and participation in these will form part of the assessment for the course.

Handbells (T1)

Runs in Term 1 only

Ensemble Director: Jonathan Ong  <ongcore@gmail.com>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10 Thursday 4-6pm, Robert Webster 331

Email ensemble director ASAP to secure your place

The Handbells ensemble features the university's own set of Malmark Bells, a professional instrument that offers students a fun and unique way to make music together.

The ensemble plays a diverse range of repertoire, ranging from folk tunes and classical music to contemporary, film scores, original compositions; we are only limited by the input in the ensemble. Students have the opportunity to write or arrange their own works for the ensemble, and accepted compositions will give students the opportunity to conduct their own work. The Handbells ensemble plays (at least one) concert at the end of the semester; this may require participation outside of the normal rehearsal hours of the ensemble.

Up to 14 students will be accepted into the ensemble. No prior experience is required, however, apply promptly as places are limited and fill up fast.

Intermediate Jazz Ensemble (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 

Ensemble Director and contact for T1: Adrian Lim-Klumpes <adrianklumpes@gmail.com>

Ensemble Director and contact for T2 and 3: Sandy Evans <sandra.evans@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Wednesday 4pm-6pm, Webster G16

Please email Ensemble Director: Adrian Lim-Klumpes to express your interest for T1 

This ensemble is for students who already have practical experience in jazz improvisation and a good knowledge of chordal harmony and associated scales/modes. The ensemble is intended to deepen an understanding of jazz improvisational practice through the performance of pieces carefully chosen in a range of jazz related styles. Areas of focus include developing an improvisational language, chord/scale theory, guide tones, jazz voicings, group interaction, effective rhythmic expression and knowledge of repertoire. Vocalists and instrumentalists on any instrument are welcome in this ensemble as long as they have the experience and knowledge to complete the audition requirements set out below

In recent years, this ensemble has developed a strong identity and has come to be known as the G16 Jazz Collective. This group will perform a public concert during the semester. Performance at this concert is compulsory for ensemble members

Auditions for new members will be conducted by email: Auditions for new members will be conducted by email: Please email Adrian Lim-Klumpes adrianklumpes@gmail.com on or before Wednesday 13th February. Membership will be confirmed by email by Monday 18th February.

Please state:

1. Your instrument(s)

2. Your background (if any) in improvisation

3. Your Performance Lab Course Code, and whether this will be your Primary Ensemble

4. Any other relevant information e.g. any specific improvisatory skills you want to develop, any particular reasons you are interested in this ensemble.

In the same email, please include:

A short (1 to 2 minute) recording of you performing a 12 bar jazz blues with a swing feel in the following format:

- 1 chorus of melody

- 2 choruses of improvised solo over the form of the blues clearly outlining the chord sequence

- 1 chorus of melody

Please send as an MP3.

Drummers play a blues with a swing feel in the following format:

- Play the rhythm of the chosen blues melody (e.g. Billie’s Bounce, Tenor Madness) on the kit (1 chorus)

- 2 choruses of solo over the 12 bar blues form

- 1 chorus of melody

Please send as an MP3Previous members of the Ensemble don’t need to audition. However, they must contact Adrian Lim-Klumpes at adrianklumpes@gmail.com on or before Wednesday13th February. Membership will be confirmed by email by Monday 18th February. Please provide your student Id, Performance Lab course code and specify whether or not this will be your primary ensemble.

UNSW Jazz Syllabus (PDF) [433 Kb]

Jazz Composition Ensemble (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble Director: Alister Spence <alister.spence@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs Weeks 1-10, Tuesday 4pm-6pm, Webster G16

This ensemble is for students who are interested to gain understanding and experience in jazz composition and have a reasonably sound knowledge of music theory, but not necessarily any jazz composition experience. As this is a performance ensemble it is important that students are reasonably proficient on their instruments, however jazz performance experience is not necessarily required.

The information content is divided into term modules. In T1 2019 we will be investigating the contribution of influential, historical jazz composers and exploring compositional techniques that they utilised and popularised. These composers are: Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter.

The course will be both theoretical and practical. Examples will be listened to and analysed and also performed in class time. The relationship between the compositions and the improvisational opportunities that they offer will be explored. There will be two short composition assignments set during the semester and a more substantial composition to be presented at the end of the semester, rehearsed and performed in class time by members of the ensemble. The jazz composition ensemble offers a wonderful opportunity to hear your compositional ideas performed!

Jazz Keyboard Ensemble (T1, T3)

Runs in Term 1 and Term 3

Ensemble Director: Alister Spence <alister.spence@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs Weeks 1-10, Wednesday 4pm-6pm, Webster Room 141 (level 1)

This ensemble is for students who have little or no jazz performance experience, but are keen to learn how to voice chords, accompany effectively and improvise on the piano in a variety of jazz-related styles.

By listening to audio examples and studying well-known jazz repertoire the ensemble will gain experience in applying stylistically appropriate chord voicings, bass lines, accompaniment rhythms, modes and scales for improvisation and improvisational approaches, as well as effective ways to interact as an ensemble. Each member will take it in turns performing within the ensemble as bass line players, chordal accompanists, melody players and soloists. Time will be given for individual investigation and skill development as well as ensemble performance.

The ensemble will be capped at 12 people due to the lab’s facilities.

Some piano performance ability is required. Please email Alister if you have any queries regarding this.

Jazz Orchestra (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble Director and contact for T1: Ellen Kirkwood <ellen.kirkwood@gmail.com>

Ensemble Director and contact for T2 and T3: Sandy Evans <sandra.evans@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Wednesday 6pm-8pm, Webster G16

For T1 please email Ensemble Director: Ellen Kirkwood ellen.kirkwood@gmail.com to express your interest.

UNSW Jazz Orchestra is a dynamic ensemble that plays jazz big band repertoire in a range of styles with energy, passion and originality!

Jazz Orchestra membership is open to the following instruments only for Semester 2: Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Piano, Guitar, Drums.

Auditions for new members will be conducted by email: Please email Ellen Kirkwood at ellen.kirkwood@gmail.com on or before Wednesday 13th February. Membership will be confirmed by email by Monday 18th February.

Please state:

1. Your instrument(s)

2. Your background (if any) in improvisation

3. Your Performance Lab Course Code, and whether this will be your Primary Ensemble

4. Any other relevant information e.g. any specific improvisatory skills you want to develop, any particular reasons you are interested in this ensemble.

In the same email, please include:

A short (1 to 2 minute) recording of you performing a 12 bar jazz blues with a swing feel in the following format:

- 2 choruses of improvised solo over the form of the blues clearly outlining the chord sequence (for non-improvisers this can be a written out solo

- 1 chorus of melody

Please send as an MP3.

Drummers play a blues with a swing feel in the following format:

- Play the rhythm of the chosen blues melody (e.g. Billie’s Bounce, Tenor Madness) on the kit (1 chorus)

- 2 choruses of solo over the 12 bar blues form

- 1 chorus of melody

Please send as an MP3Previous members of Jazz Orchestra are not required to audition, but are not guaranteed a place for 2019. They must contact Ellen Kirkwood on or before Wednesday 13th February to apply. Membership will be confirmed by email by Monday 18th February. Please provide your student Id, Performance Lab course code and specify whether or not this would be your primary ensemble.

Students are expected to:

1. Practise written parts

2. Prepare for any improvised solos in their book

3. Listen to recordings of the works being studied

4. Attend big band performances in Sydney during the semester

5. Attend all classes punctually

6. Perform at the Jazz Orchestra concerts.

Previous experience playing jazz and/or improvising is helpful, but is not a prerequisite. Brass players from any background are particularly encouraged to apply. Sight reading ability is required on all instruments.

Please click below for the UNSW Jazz Syllabus:

UNSW Jazz Syllabus (PDF) [433 Kb]

Latin Conjunto (T2)

Runs in Term 2 only 

Auditions will be during O week - 

Ensembles runs weeks 1-10, Thursday 4pm-6pm, Webster G18

Ensemble Director: Dr Manolete Mora  <m.mora@unsw.edu.au>

Medical Music Society Orchestra (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Thursday 6pm-8pm, Webster Room 306

Ensemble Director: Isabella Pak <cochairs1.mmsunsw@gmail.com>

More information can be found on their website here: http://mmsunsw.weebly.com/

Enrolments are subject to approval - Please email John Naiper  if you wish for one of these ensembles to be counted towards the ensemble requirement of your Performance Lab class.

New Music Collective (T1, T3)

Runs in Terms 1 and Term 3.

Ensemble Director: Sonya Lifschitz  <s.lifschitz@unsw.edu.au>

Expressions of interest to audition for the ensemble should be emailed to the ensemble director in O-week of Term 1.

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Thursday 1:30-4pm, Robert Webster G16

To INSPIRE and PROVOKE both the music makers and the listeners to examine, broaden and re-define the boundaries of music and the musical experience in the 21st century.

UNSW NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE was formed in 2018 under the directorship of pianist Dr. Sonya Lifschitz. The ensemble is dedicated to the creation and performance of new work as well as experimental and concert music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Currently, the ensemble consists of 8 members who bring exceptional performance, improvisation, arranging and compositional skills to enable creation and performance of advanced and challenging contemporary (art) music repertoire. In 2018, the ensemble performed:

Workers Union (1975) by Louis Andriessen; Changing Light (2002) by Kaija Saariaho; Tuning Meditation by Pauline Oliveros; Opera with Objects (1997) by Alvin Lucier; The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942) by John Cage; Action Music 2 (2018) by Erik Griswold; Coming Together (1971) by Frederic Rzewski.

Membership of the UNSW New Music Collective is by audition only, and is based on demonstrated high level performance skills, performance experience of contemporary (20th and 21st century) concert music, capacity to negotiate graphic notation with elements of improvisation, advanced collaborative skills, and demonstrated interest in new, experimental music.

Sound Lab Live (T3)

Runs in Term 3 only

Ensemble Director: Dr Adam Hulbert  <a.hulbert@unsw.edu.au>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Monday 4-6pm, Robert Webster 140

Audition Required: auditions will take the forms of an interview please contact Adam Hulbert via email to organise a time to meet and please bring along any written pieces or musical influences.  Maximum  14 places

Sound Lab (Live) ensemble is offered to musicians who would like to produce and perform new electroacoustic works. Performers are encouraged to use their existing techniques with DAW environments and traditional instrumentation and/or expand these to incorporate UNSW’s collection of fixed-architecture and modular synthesisers. Primary tools for the performance will be Ableton Live and hardware synths and performers will be given support for learning these where needed. The ensemble will perform live in a multimedia environment, and video artists/VJs are welcome to apply. New works are performed live at the end of semester.

Sound Lab Studio (T2)

Runs in Term 2 only

Ensemble Director: Dr Adam Hulbert  <a.hulbert@unsw.edu.au>

Please express your interest during O-Week to Dr Adam Hulbert.

Ensemble runs Weeks 1 - 12, Monday 4pm - 6pm in Webster 140

Sound Lab (Studio) is intended for students who are interested in developing their ability to work in a studio environment. This ensemble focuses on studio recording and mixing techniques for a range of instruments and involves collaborating with other musicians and ensembles to record their performances. Participants will also use their recorded material to develop remixes.

Tango Ensemble (T3)

Runs in Term 3 only

Ensemble Director: Dr John Napier <j.napier@unsw.edu.au>

Please express your interest during O-Week to Dr John Napier.

Ensembles runs Weeks 1-10, Tuesdays 4pm-6pm Webster, level 3, room 334

The Tango Ensemble will play classic Argentine tangos and milongas, using scores originally mostly written and arranged between 1930 and 1950. For pianists, players of orchestral strings, flute, clarinet, saxophone. Places in this group are limited and if auditions are required, they will be held in O-week, but please email John by sending your application to j.napier@unsw.edu.au

UNSW Orchestra (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Tuesday 6:30pm-9pm, Clancy Auditorium

All members must undergo an audition prior to joining the orchestra.

Auditions take place on Thursday 14 & Friday 15 February, from 10am.

Rehearsals are 6:30-9:00pm every Tuesday in Sir John Clancy Auditorium.

Auditions required. To sign up for an audition, please follow this link:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pM_2PxXn20i44Qhnufn7o57okFGp0TVChDqf8_JxWL9UN1JKTVJIUkZZSVFYM1FXTkRMVTJQNkJIWi4u

For more information, please see the MPU website: http://music.unsw.edu.au/instrumental/unsw-orchestra

Music Performance Unit: <cmc@unsw.edu.au>     or     (02) 9385-3803

UNSW Wind Symphony (T1, T2, T3)

Runs in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Tuesday 4pm-6:15pm, Clancy Auditorium

All members must register.

For those interested in being a Principal player or Section leader an email will be sent out

closer to the audition date.

Auditions take place on Tuesday February 12, from 4pm

Rehearsals are 4:00-6:15pm every Tuesday in Sir John Clancy Auditorium.

No Audition. Follow the below link to register your interest:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pM_2PxXn20i44Qhnufn7o57okFGp0TVChDqf8_JxWL9UN1JKTVJIUkZZSVFYM1FXTkRMVTJQNkJIWi4

For more information, please see the MPU website: http://music.unsw.edu.au/instrumental/unsw-orchestra

Music Performance Unit: <cmc@unsw.edu.au>     or    (02) 9385-3803

West African Drum Group (T1)

Runs in Term 1 only

Ensemble Director: Thiass Mbaye  <thiassmbaye@hotmail.com>

Ensemble runs weeks 1-10, Thursday 4-6pm, Robert Webster G18

This ensemble features the djembe drums (also ‘jembe’) a ‘goblet’ shaped drum whose origins are associated with the Mandinka peoples of the former Mali Empire. These drums are now part of various musical cultures from West Africa including but not limited to the nations of Senegal, Guinea, and Mali. The djembe is played with the hand while the three accompanying dunun drums (also dundun, djun djun) and bells are played with sticks. Traditional djembe ensemble music is learned aurally and presents rhythmic challenges to the musician. The ensemble instruction will also include some singing and dancing.