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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 Patrons Di Jameson and Frank Mercurio.


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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