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Festival of Music Orchestras

The Primary Schools Music Festival (PSMF) gives opportunities for SA government school students to be part of their Festival of Music Orchestras. There are places available in 3 orchestras. Each has approximately 30 to 35 students, giving a tailored playing opportunity for players of:

  • strings
  • brass
  • woodwind
  • keyboard
  • electric guitar
  • electric bass guitar
  • percussion.

Each orchestra is made up of a string, wind and rhythm section.


Repertoire for the orchestras includes exciting and challenging music representing a wide range of musical styles as accompaniment for the Festival of Music choirs and orchestra-only feature pieces. Gaining confidence in performance is an essential part of musical learning.

2020 Festival of Music dates

The Festival of Music for 2020 will be held in September at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. Each orchestra will perform in 4 concerts during the concert series.

Two regional events occur early in term 4. The Northern Metro Music Festival at Gawler Starplex is generally held in week 2 of term 4. North Orchestra members are required for this event.

The Southern Metro Music Festival at Noarlunga Centre is generally in week 3 of term 4. South Orchestra members are required for this event. Opportunities for Central Orchestra members to participate are available.

Rehearsal locations

Rehearsals are held at:

  • North – Klemzig Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig – Thursdays, 4.20pm to 6.00pm
  • South – Seaview High School, 78/124 Seacombe Road, Seacombe Heights – Thursdays, 4.20pm to 6.00pm
  • Central – Glenunga International High School, 99 L’Estrange Street, Glenunga – Wednesdays, 4.20pm to 6.00pm.


Entry is by audition.

All string, brass, woodwind, keyboard, electric guitar, electric bass guitar and percussion students in SA government schools in years 5 to 10 in 2020 are eligible and encouraged to apply.


Booking an audition

Book an audition using this Primary Schools Music Festival Orchestra booking form

Auditions at Klemzig Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig on:

  • Thursday November 14, 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • Sunday November 17, 2.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Thursday November 21, 8.00am to 6.00pm.

Auditions at Seaview High School, 78/124 Seaview Road, Seacombe Heights on:

  • Thursday November 28, 11.00am to 2.00pm.

Want to be in more than one ensemble?

Opportunities to be part of Instrumental Music central student ensembles are available for 2020.

To audition once for more than one ensemble:

Want to apply on more than one instrument?

You must book an audition for each instrument you want to apply for. 

Audition requirements

All auditions times must be booked.

Country students may be able to do an online audition, or submit a CD/DVD recording. Contact the IM Leader, Learning Pathways on 0458 185 152 for more information.

Electric guitar and electric bass students need to bring their own lead and instrument. An amplifier will be provided. Percussion students need to bring their own sticks.

The audition takes approximately 10 minutes.

No accompaniment is required.

Applicants should prepare to present:

  1. Excerpts – these are available to download from the Festival of Music website.

  2. Free Choice – this piece should demonstrate the applicant’s current playing ability. A copy of the music to be played will need to be provided to the panel (this will be returned after the audition).

See the Primary School Music Festival website for the ranges and key signatures required.

Audition form

All applicants must print and complete the student ensemble application form (PDF 194KB) and bring it to the audition. You must complete all fields.

Expectations of orchestra members

Orchestra members are expected to:

  • engage positively with the entire PSMF team
  • participate in all programmed performances and events
  • attend rehearsals and learn music for performances
  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable clothing
  • be receiving an instrumental music lesson and supporting all school ensembles.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals start in week 5 of term 1, 2020.

Members are expected to learn the music between rehearsals including taking the music to their instrumental music lesson.

If a member can’t attend a rehearsal, they should notify the conductor.

Rehearsal and performance uniforms

Members should wear school uniform to rehearsals.

For performances, members must wear:

  • the required Festival of Music shirt
  • black trousers
  • black socks or stockings
  • respectful black shoes.

Membership fees

A fee of $55 is charged to cover cost of uniform and music folder.


Festival of Music Orchestra Manager

Phone: 0401 123 329
Email: orchestra.psmf786 [at] schools.sa.edu.au