Being a member of the BPO is a rewarding community experience and a lot of fun.
Our members are just like you – ordinary people who enjoy coming together to make extraordinary music! Auditions are held to fill vacant positions or to appoint suitable reserve players capable of filling temporary vacancies from time-to-time.
Current vacancies include positions on the following instruments.
Please click on your instrument below for a copy of the excerpts required to audition.
**auditions for Bass Clarinet, Principal Viola and Principal Cello will be held on the evening of Wednesday 5 December 2018 - only Principal excerpts are required for viola and cello.
*** please note that our audition evening scheduled for Wednesday 5 December is now full. Tutti strings are still encouraged to submit audition applications and those auditions will be scheduled for January 2019.
The minimum recommended standard is AMEB Grade 7. Applicants are not required to have completed examinations, they are a guide to standard only. Previous ensemble experience is highly advantageous and the BPO prides itself of the high level of repertoire it takes on as a community orchestra.
Applicants are to prepare orchestral excerpts which are available for download from the website. No own choice pieces are required.
Listen to quality recordings of the works from which your excerpts are extracted. This will assist in understanding how the excerpts form part of overall work and what their context is i.e. dynamics, style, tempo – this is what the panel will be listening for. Sometimes accessing a full score can help too. If possible, play your excerpts through for a musical friend to get some general feedback prior to auditioning and to help with confidence.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesdays between 7:15pm and 10:00pm in the Old Museum Building.
Concerts are scheduled 4-5 times throughout the year.
Regional concerts are scheduled throughout the year and are optional.
Members are expected to contribute a small amount of their time in supporting the operations of the orchestra.
Annual Membership: $120 per annum (best value)
Per Concert Membership: $40 per concert
Audition Fee: $10*
*This audition fee is payable on the date of audition by cash or EFTPOS or by electronic transfer prior to audition date – bank details provided in emailed audition confirmation.