ADO FAQs

Question_Mark[We will continue to add to this list of FAQs as questions arise from applicants]

Why Can Only Australian or New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia Apply To Perform With The ADO?
Inasmuch as we would love to have anyone perform with the ADO who is suitably capable of doing so, the reality is that the ADO was established to provide orchestral instrumentalists; meeting any one of these requirements, with greater opportunities to perform in an established ensemble of like-minded peers, and who have reached similar levels of musical accomplishment.

Are ADO Musicians Remunerated For Their Participation?
Yes. ADO musicians receive a base call fee plus a pro-rata share of all live-stream audience subscriptions. Additionally, we have 10 Section Sponsorship opportunities available for individuals and companies to support the players in the ADO. All funds from these sponsorships are applied directly to ADO musician fees. Please see the Sponsorship page for more details.

What is required in the Video Audition?
Applicants are required to perform a list of orchestral excerpts.  Each excerpt is performed once, face to camera with instrument clearly visible. Applicants are requested to commence the audition by stating their full name. Please ensure that the privacy settings for your audition video is set to Unlisted.

How do I find out what the orchestral excerpts are and how to submit my audition materials?
Once you have applied through the ADO website by completing the ADO Online Application form, you will emailed the list of orchestral excerpts for your instrument.

Can I apply to play in the orchestra irrespective of where I live in Australia?
Yes. The orchestra is open to all Australian, New Zealand citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 years. Please note, at this time, we do not subsidise any travel or accommodation expenses.

When I am accepted into the ADO, do I hold this position permanently?
There is no simple answer to this question. If you play an instrument for which only one chair is required, then our current policy is to give the first nominated player first right of refusal to participate in each planned concert. The reality, however, is that musicians’ schedules change constantly; and sometimes at short notice, so we do offer invitations to many players to perform with the ADO on a regular basis.

Conversely, if you play a string instrument, the chances of consecutive invitations is proportionally more likely, although not automatic, as the size of string complement required will change from concert to concert.

Will I need to re-audition year on year?
Generally, we will not ask musicians to re-audition each year dependent upon satisfactory participation in rehearsals and concerts.

How many rehearsals will there be for each streamed concert?
There will be three rehearsals for each concert: two on a Saturday (morning and afternoon) and a full rehearsal prior to the streamed event schedule for Sunday afternoons.  Saturday evenings will be free.  We strongly recommend that ADO musicians travelling from interstate arrive on the Friday evening if at all possible.

Why are the streamed concerts done only from Melbourne in 2017?
The Orchestra’s Executive team has made a decision to do concerts from Melbourne in 2017. Concerts are planned to stream from other States in subsequent years.  The ADO is a national civic-style orchestra, not a State-based ensemble.

How are the Live Stream Concerts done?
The ADO has partnered with 5Stream as our video streaming technology partner. It allows us to stream multi-camera presentation in full High-Definition with broadcast quality sound. A television director, vision switcher, camera people and audio experts are engaged to assist with each concert. We also record the stream for the ADO’s musician’s personal use.

N.B. No asynchronous broadcast by any individual or third-party on any digital or electronic platform or media however is permitted by the ADO without written prior permission.

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