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Big Rehearsals

Applications for this program have closed.

Big Rehearsals


Applications are still be accepted for the following sessions and instrument combinations only:

Beginner strings:
– All instruments (however, particularly viola and double bass)
Junior Strings:
– Double Bass
– Double Bass, Trumpet, Trombone and Percussion
– Double Bass, Viola, Oboe, Bassoon, Percussion


Join us for our very popular annual Learning event: Big Rehearsals offers an exciting opportunity for aspiring young players to sit side-by-side with ASO musicians and bring music to life together. Sessions are designed to challenge and develop students’ musicality and orchestral playing skills. Ensemble skills are a fundamental building block for any young musician, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.

General information

Beginner Strings 1.5 hrs
Junior Strings 2.5 hrs
Intermediate & Advanced 3 hrs

Beginner Strings $35
Junior, Intermediate & Advanced $55

close Fri 6 May

Session Details

Beginner Strings (AMEB Grade 0.5-1)
Thu 4 Aug, 11am–12.30pm
The Beginner Strings is for those just beginning their orchestral journey. If you are a player who has been a part of an ensemble for only a short time, this ensemble will help you to hone those newly-found orchestral skills. Please note, previous ensemble experience is a requirement for this group.

Advanced (AMEB Grade 6+)
Thu 4 Aug, 2pm–5pm
The Advanced Orchestra group delve into core orchestral repertoire. At this level, students can expect to gain a large insight into what it takes to be a professional musician as they sit next to an ASO player for an entire session.

Junior Strings (AMEB Grade 1–3)
Fri 5 Aug, 10am–12.30pm
Be a part of the ever-popular Junior Strings! Soaring melodies, extended techniques, delicate dynamics, and more will be explored in this group. Join the fun, and be amazed at the results from just one session.

Intermediate (AMEB Grade 4–5)
Fri 5 Aug, 2pm–5pm
The Intermediate Orchestra is designed for young players to experience being a part of ASO. Develop new skills, polish old ones, and reach the next level in your playing, all in one session.


Download the full repertoire here.

Beginner Strings:
A selection of light-hearted pieces including Chin’s Ready…Set…Fiddle! and Terrifying Pterodactyls from A Dozen More Dazzlers

Junior Strings
A selection of fun pieces including De Nardi’s Kingston Calypso and The Classic Nice from Biscuit Suite

Intermediate Ensemble
A selection of intermediate pieces including Alla Marcia from Karelia Suite by Sibelius

Advanced Ensemble
A selection of engaging pieces including Humperdinck: Prelude and Dream Pantomime from Hansel and Gretel

Teacher Professional Development

Thu 4 August, 11am-12.30 & 2pm-5pm
Fri 5 August, 10am-12.30 & 2pm-5pm

Venue ASO Grainger Studio
Cost $30 per teacher

Have you ever wondered how a professional conductor rehearses an orchestra? Come along and observe students rehearsing alongside the ASO under the baton of Graham Abbott. Places are strictly limited and are only available to people holding a current Teacher Registration Certificate and WWCC or Police Clearance.

Vaccination Requirements

Patrons attending this event will no longer be required to show proof of double COVID-19 vaccination.

More events to be announced

Special Event

Jayson Gillham in Recital

Elder Hall

Mon 30 May 2022

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Jayson Gillham in Recital

In this compelling solo recital, multi-award-winning Australian piano virtuoso Jayson Gillham plays Bach works ranging in scale from the intimate to the epic, culminating in the mighty, uplifting Chaconne.

Session Mon 30 May 2022, 7:30pm


Finders Keepers

Adelaide Town Hall

Fri 10 Jun 2022

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Finders Keepers

The much-loved children’s book The Lost Thing comes to life in this magical concert experience.

Session Fri 10 Jun 2022, 6:00pm

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Festival of Learning

Finders Keepers

Adelaide Town Hall

Wed 8 Jun 2022

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Finders Keepers

Join internationally acclaimed educator Paul Rissmann and the ASO as they guide your students through this magical concert in which they’ll find hidden orchestral gems.


Festival of Learning

Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space

Adelaide Town Hall

Thu 9 Jun 2022

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Stan and Mabel and the Race for Space

Join us for an exciting musical adventure featuring Jason Chapman’s much-loved dog and cat duo, Stan and Mabel.


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