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Melbourne String Ensemble with Fintan Murphy

MSE, directed by Fintan Murphy, offers students an unparalleled opportunity to perform high quality repertoire with some of Melbourne’s most talented young string musicians. The students develop ensemble, chamber and advanced musicianship skills and regularly take part in masterclasses with some of Australia’s most accomplished professional musicians.

Rehearsals are scheduled on Saturdays during school terms in Kew from 2:30pm-5:00pm

The expected entry standard is as follows:

  • Violin: AMEB Certificate of Performance plus
  • Cello/Viola : AMEB Grade 8 plus

Recent concerts featured some of the following repertoire:

Carl Vine – Smith’s Alchemy
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto in D minor, soloist Jacinta Ryan

Arnold Schoenberg – Verklarte Nacht, Op.4. for String Orchestra (1917)
Johann Sebastian Bach - Art of Fugue

Aaron Wyatt- Djeran for solo viola and string orchestra, soloist Stefanie Farrands. (Commissioned by Melbourne String Ensembles as part of The Seasons Project)

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - String Symphony in B minor


MSE 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


Melbourne String Ensemble Fees

The Melbourne String Ensemble is a not for profit organization that is run via a committee of management. Fees cover the cost of our rehearsal and concert programme, participation in various masterclasses, intensive workshop days and membership to the association.

Our current fee structure is as follows:

MSE Annual Program Fee