Student Ensembles

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music has a wide range of student ensembles: 

* denotes ensembles that are open to all enrolled Monash University students
^ denotes ensembles that do not require an audition

In addition to these ensembles, a number of smaller chamber music and jazz ensembles form an integral part of the curriculum. Music students participate in at least one ensemble per year. This broad ensemble program reflects the commitment to encouraging diversity and integration of traditional, multi-cultural and contemporary styles of music performance.

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music has a busy concert schedule, and recent performance venues have included Robert Blackwood Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Federation Square, Alexander Theatre, Paris Cat, Bennetts Lane, Uptown Jazz Cafe and Verbrugghen Hall. 

Participation in some of the above ensembles will require an audition for students who are not enrolled in a music degree. Auditions are generally held in the first weeks of semester. For further information contact the Coordinator of the relevant ensemble.

Ensemble Studies Coordinator: Tamara Smolyar

For information about all performances see our What’s On page 

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  • The Monash University Big Band explore the stylistic history of jazz and big band repertoire, while aiming to develop students’ skills in sight-reading, musical styles and ... Read more
  •  Directed by Elizabeth Sellars  Monash Sinfonia is an un-conducted string ensemble that offers outstanding string students the opportunity to work with musicians of the very highest calibre ... Read more
  • The Monash University guitar ensemble performs many different styles of music from popular, jazz, classical and world music. The guitar ensemble is new to Monash University. ... Read more
  • Coordinator: Assoc Prof Merlyn Quaife AMEmail: merlyn.quaife@monash.eduPhone: 03 9905 3813 (Monash extension 53813) Lecturer: Philip GouldEmail: 0439 544 106 Class time: Wednesdays 4.30 – 6.30  Like ... Read more
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