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Intermediate Melbourne String Ensemble

IMSE, directed by Michael Loftus-Hills, advances the skills of players who are performing at a high level but are not quite ready for the senior group. Students in IMSE develop ensemble skills and the technical mastery necessary for advanced ensemble participation. To develop their musical teamwork, the IMSE performs unconducted.

The expected entry standard is as follows;

  • Violin: AMEB Grade 7 plus
  • Cello/Viola: AMEB Grade 5 plus

Rehearsals are scheduled on Saturdays during school terms in Kew from 1pm-3pm

IMSE Auditions

Applications for auditions are now open

To apply to audition for MSE please contact and provide the following information:

  • your name
  • the name and age of applicant
  • instrument/s played
  • level on instrument/s
  • contact phone number



MSE is a not for profit organization that is run via a committee of management. Fees include our rehearsal and concert programme, participation various masterclasses, an intensive workshop day and membership to the association.

Our current fee structure is as follows:

IMSE Annual Program Fee


MSE Auditions

MSE Auditions now open

Melbourne String Ensemble acknowledges the Wurundjeri, Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, upon whose Country we are based and recognises their continuing connections to community, culture and country.  We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.