Application & Audition Information

2018 Camp Dates: Mon 16 July - Fri 20 July

Concordia College, Highgate

Entry to State Music Camp is by audition.


Bishop Orchestra

Shephard Concert Band

Alexander Orchestra

Marcus String Orchestra

Hawkes Wind Ensemble*

*NB It is different this year! The Hawkes Wind Ensemble has moved to a full-day ensemble. However, some families may wish to opt for a half-day for younger players. Please contact administration to discuss this option.


Please access your audition excerpts here:

Release date: Monday April 30















Double Bass

Percussion (excerpts include snare drum, mallet instrument, timpani)

*Remember to also prepare your own choice unaccompanied piece as well as 2 scales (one major/one minor to reflect your level)


Audition Requirements

All applicants must prepare the following:

  1. Excerpts provided by SMC
  2. One own choice piece (no accompanist)
  3. Scales: One major and one minor scale to reflect personal level of playing
  4. Sight–reading (Metro players only) NB. Country applicants will not be penalised for the inability to complete the sight–reading component of the audition.

**PERCUSSION Requirements**

Pieces should aim to demonstrate the applicant's technical level and musical ability. NB Drum kit must be a stand-alone solo - no ensemble parts please. Instruments available at the audition: timpani, xylophone, marimba, drum kit, concert snare drum.

Metropolitan applicants must attend an audition at Concordia College

Saturday May 19 - Strings, Brass, Woodwind (oboe Saturday only)

Sunday May 20 - Strings, Brass, Woodwind (except oboe), Percussion

Country applicants must submit an audio-visual recording

All country applicants submit their recorded audition either in digital format or by posting a DVD or USB to the Camp Administrator. (Recording MUST BE AUDIO-VISUAL, not just audio)

AV recorded auditions are due by Wednesday May 16.

All Applicants will be notified the outcome of their audition by end week 4, Term 2.


Application Information & Process

This section contains a variety of important and valuable information. We encourage you to read it through, prior to clicking on the Application Form link.

The 2018 information brochure is available here. It is a snapshot of the information detailed herewith. You are welcome to print a copy for yourself or distribute it to your friends, colleagues or students.

The application process is via an Online Application Form in an effort to streamline our operations and reduce the burden on our precious environment.

We encourage you to read the information detailed here before you complete the form.

How to Select an Ensemble

Please observe MINIMUM standard requirements.

Age range approx. 13-23 yrs. Minimum Grade 6 AMEB or equivalent

Age range approx. 12-16 yrs. Minimum Grade 4 AMEB or equivalent

Age range approx. 9-14 yrs. Minimum Grade 3 AMEB or equivalent

Age range approx. 13-23 yrs. Minimum Grade 4 AMEB or equivalent

Age range approx. 9-14 yrs. Minimum Grade 2 AMEB or equivalent

Wind & Brass players may indicate a preference for the orchestras OR the concert bands, or may wish to be considered for all groups. Preferences will be adhered to if accepted from the audition process.

String players are placed into one of the three orchestras according to the results of the audition process. Options include selecting inclusion into Marcus/Alexander OR Alexander/Bishop. The Marcus String Orchestra is considered to be an entry level ensemble; the Alexander Orchestra is considered to be of intermediate standard and the Bishop Orchestra of senior standard. Returning students find they will progress through the orchestras.

Percussionists are rostered between ensembles, and each player is given the opportunity to play a variety of instruments.

Specific chair placement is not included in the letter of acceptance. Please be assured that preferences are observed and placements are made fairly.



Application Form available here



Music Camp is not about where you sit, or even which ensemble you play in, it is about what you contribute as part of the team and sharing a passion for music-making with other like-minded individuals.

The South Australian Music Camp is a highly successful event which now attracts more applicants than there are positions. Coupled with a need to maintain instrumental balance within the five ensembles, entry into the camp has become more competitive than in previous years.

It is important that applicants prepare for the audition process thoroughly and that careful consideration is given to completing the application form.


The 2018 fee structure & payment information is available here.

Important Daily Rehearsal Information at Camp

Daily routine includes a mixture of tutorials with specialist tutors, and rehearsals with leading conductors.
All ensembles perform in a final concert on the Friday evening.

All ensembles rehearse Monday -Thursday 8.45am-3.30pm

Students attend a 1.5 hour rehearsal during Friday at various times.