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Providing outstanding instrumentalists with a vital final bridge into the industry, the MSO Academy is a paid, 6-month* program best suited to post-graduate musicians embarking on a career as professional players.

  • Entry by audition
  • 6-month long pilot year program includes a stipend of AUD$20,000
  • Guaranteed 20+ mainstage calls + chamber music, Learning & Engagement and digital projects
  • Mentorship with established MSO Musicians
  • Additional training

*MSO Academy 2022 pilot year

The MSO Academy is supported by Platinum Patron and MSO Co-Deputy Chair, Di Jameson.


The MSO Academy 2022 pilot program is open to Australian and New Zealand residents on the following instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba*, percussion*, violin, viola, cello, double-bass and harp*.

There is no age limit for applicants, though the opportunity is best suited to candidates just embarking on their careers as postgraduates and under the age of 35.

*Program content for tuba, percussion and harp will be by agreement on a case by case basis.

Entry requirements

Expressions of Interest are now closed for the MSO Academy 2022 pilot program.

Entry to the program is via a two-step application and audition process. There is a strict minimum playing standard and no minimum intake. Only those applicants of suitable playing standard will be considered for a place in the program.

First Round – closed

  • Written application (CV and cover letter)
  • Recorded audition

Second Round – closed

  • Live audition
  • Interview

Both rounds are assessed by a panel of MSO Musicians and MSO Academy committee members.

For further information, please email the MSO Academy administration team on

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