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Melbourne String Ensemble

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.


The expected entry standard is as follows:

  • Violin: AMEB Grade 8 plus
  • Cello/Viola : AMEB Grade 7 plus

Recent concerts featured some of the following repertoire:

Arnold Schoenberg – Verklarte Nacht, Op.4. for string orchestra (1917)
Carl Vine – Smith’s Alchemy
Felix Mendelssohn - Violin concerto in E minor
Peter Schulthorpe - String quartet no.16 , arr for string orchestra and didjeridu
Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings
Niccolo Paganini – Variations on one string on a theme of Rossini arr for cello and string orchestra
Max Bruch – Octet in Bb major

MSE Key Dates

DAY

DATE

TIME

EVENT

VENUE

Tues

28-Jan

 

TERM ONE STARTS

 

Sat

1-Feb

 

No Rehearsal

 

Sat

8-Feb

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

15-Feb

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

22-Feb

1:45pm-5:30pm

Info session, AGM & Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

29-Feb

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

7-Mar

 

No Rehearsal

 

Sat

14-Mar

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

21-Mar

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Fri

27-Mar

 

TERM ONE ENDS

 

Fri

10-Apr

 

Good Friday

 

Sat

11-Apr

 

Day following Good Friday

 

Sun

12-Apr

 

Easter Sunday

 

Mon

13-Apr

 

Easter Monday

 

Tue

14-Apr

 

TERM TWO STARTS

 

Sat

18-Apr

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

25-Apr

 

Anzac Day

 

Sat

2-May

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Mon

4-May

7pm-10pm

Extra Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Thurs

7-May

7pm-10pm

Extra Rehearsal

Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Sun

10-May

2pm-8pm

Pre-concert Rehearsal (2pm-4:30pm) & Concert (starting at 5pm)

Rosina Auditorium, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

DAY DATE TIME EVENT VENUE

Sat

16-May

 

No Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

23-May

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

30-May

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

6-Jun

9:30pm-5pm

Annual Camp

Edmund Rice Centre

Sun

7-Jun

9:30pm-5pm

Annual Camp

Edmund Rice Centre

Mon

8-Jun

 

Queen's Birthday

 

Sat

13-Jun

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

20-Jun

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Fri

26-Jun

 

TERM TWO ENDS

 

Mon

13-Jul

 

TERM THREE STARTS

 

Sat

18-Jul

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

25-Jul

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Mon

28-Jul

7pm-10pm

Extra Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Thurs

30-Jul

7pm-10pm

Extra Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

1-Aug

4pm-10pm

Pre-concert Rehearsal & Concerto Concert

Iwaki Auditorium

DAY DATE TIME EVENT VENUE

Sat

8-Aug

 

No Rehearsal

 

Sat

15-Aug

 

No Rehearsal

 

Sat

22-Aug

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

29-Aug

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

5-Sep

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

12-Sep

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Fri

18-Sep

 

TERM THREE ENDS

 

Mon

5-Oct

 

TERM FOUR STARTS

 

Sat

10-Oct

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

17-Oct

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

24-Oct

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

31-Oct

 

No Rehearsal

 

Tue

3-Nov

 

Melboune Cup Day

 

Sat

7-Nov

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

14-Nov

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Sat

21-Nov

3pm-5:30pm

Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Mon

23-Nov

7pm-10pm

Extra Rehearsal

Burke Hall

Thur

26-Nov

7pm-10pm

Extra Rehearsal

Scot's Church, Werner Brodbeck Hall

Sat

28-Nov

4pm-10pm

Pre-concert Rehearsal & Benchmark Concert

Scot's Church, Werner Brodbeck Hall

* Note: Rehearsals may start 2pm if required

Application for auditions are now open

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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 and the annual music camp at Amberley Centre, Lower Plenty.

Our current fee structure is as follows:

MSE per semester

$625.00

2019 Masterclasses - now accepting applications

The MSE 2019 masterclass is now accepting applications