Who Are We?
The Monash University Philharmonic Society is a student run non-profit Society based at Monash University’s Clayton campus. While most of our members are Monash students who relish the opportunity to continue playing their instrument (or to take up a new one) while studying at university, we also welcome all Monash staff, students from other campuses and universities, and members of the wider community who are looking for an opportunity to undertake challenging repertoire in a fun and relaxed setting.
Don’t play an instrument, but still want to be involved with one of the most socially active societies at Monash? You can join as one of many non-playing members!
We have three main ensembles – an orchestra, a wind symphony, and a big band, and each of them make regular performances of well known pieces to the wider community. We also have a number of small ensembles, which can often be seen performing at various festivals and events around Melbourne.
In addition to our regular concerts, we also hold a variety of social events for our members – band camp, trivia nights, laser tag, and movie trips are all regular occurrences!
Come say hi at our next public event, or sign up now!
AKA “the Phil”
The society began in 1982, as a humble string quartet which soon grew to become a string orchestra, then continued to expand into a full orchestra.
The Monash University Orchestra, as it was then known, was renamed the “Monash Philharmonic Orchestra” after Monash University’s faculty-run School of Music orchestra started in the early 1990’s.
In 2003, a symphonic wind band and a stage band was included and the Monash University Philharmonic Society was born. The addition of these two ensembles introduced a new dynamic to the society.
At the beginning of 2006, the idea of starting up small chamber ensembles became a reality. They are now an integral part of the society.
Today, the Phil strongly promotes music within Monash University and the Monash area, regularly giving concerts on campus and in other venues nearby. We collaborate with other local music organizations, with the aim of establishing and strengthening ties within the local music community.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are an MSA Card holder, then this is absolutely free! If you are a non-MSA Card holder, then this is a mere $5, payable to our treasurer.
You can find out more about the MSA Card at the MSA website.
The playing fee covers a variety of costs including, but not limited to: sheet music printing, purchases and hire; venue hire; conductor honorariums; and band camps! If you intend to play and perform in a main ensemble (MoJO, MSW, MPO), we require you to pay the playing fee.
If you are a student, regardless of your institution of study, the playing fee is $25. If you are not a student, the playing fee is $35, payable to our treasurer.
Honorary Life Members do not have to pay a playing fee.
Unfortunately, we do not have instruments for hire through our Society. We recommend looking at your local music stores if you would like to hire an instrument.
You are welcome to try playing in our percussion sections in MSW and MPO if you would like to learn some new skills!
Most definitely! You can play jazz piano as part of the Monash Jazz Orchestra (MoJO) which holds auditions at the start of each year, and has occasional vacancies throughout the year. Contact our MoJO Representative for more information.
If you would like to play piano in another main ensemble, such as MSW or MPO, we generally recommend joining the percussion section, on glockenspiel or vibes which are similar, as piano parts are rare in these settings. Who knows, you may even enjoy learning new percussion instruments!
Alternatively, you can join the Small Ensembles Program and play the piano with other like-minded musicians in a group! For more information, email our Small Ensembles Coordinator.
But of course! You can play guitar as part of the Monash Jazz Orchestra (MoJO) which holds auditions at the start of each year, and has occasional vacancies throughout the year. Contact our MoJO Representative for more information.
Alternatively, you can join the Small Ensembles Program and play the guitar with other like-minded musicians in a group! You could even start up a guitar group of your own! For more information, email our Small Ensembles Coordinator.
Sure thing! The Monash Jazz Orchestra (MoJO) holds auditions for jazz vocalists at the start of each year, and has occasional vacancies throughout the year. Contact our MoJO Representative for more information.
Alternatively, you can join the Small Ensembles Program and sing with other musicians in a group! For more information, email our Small Ensembles Coordinator.
Our Constitution was last changed in 2017 to reflect updates required by our governing body, Clubs & Societies, and can be found here. For any questions regarding the Constitution or its schedules, please contact the president.
Schedule – Ancillary Committee Positions
Schedule – Ensembles Policy