Launched in November 1993 to provide leadership, service and support to orchestras in New South Wales, Orchestras Australian expanded to become a national organisation in 1998. Information and advice about the orchestral industry is available through the Orchestral Outlook magazine produced three times a year, an annual program of activities, website and by phone from the Orchestras Australia office. Orchestras Australia is a non-profit organisation.

Our Vision

As the recognised peak national body, Orchestras Australia promotes an environment in which all orchestras throughout Australia can flourish.

Our Role

  • Representing orchestras across Australia as a group;
  • Advocating on behalf of our common interests;
  • Providing a forum where new issues and ideas about orchestras can be developed; and
  • Creating opportunities for people to enjoy the experience of orchestral performance.

 Annual Report

Orchestras Australia Rules of Association

Our Goals

  • Build a sense of community amongst orchestras;
  • Cultivate a unified approach to promoting the image, interests and development of orchestras;
  • Foster excellence, innovation and creativity;
  • Establish a vigorous national organisation.

Teamwork – Energy – Artistry

An orchestra is so much more than a group of musicians playing together.

Instruments, players, conductors, concert halls, artists, audiences, box office, stage management, rehearsals, recordings, composers, music educators, marketing, music parts, pleasure, profession, education and entertainment. In the lives of all participating adults, young people, families and children, orchestras represent teamwork, energy and artistry.

Bringing together a unique national network of orchestras, Orchestras Australia provides opportunities for all players to share ideas, resources and develop skills. The annual National Orchestra Forum is rapidly becoming the major orchestral industry forum, attracting prestigious speakers, advocates, animaters and teachers.

Orchestras Australia supports a number of special activities in which members can take part. Amongst these are the Conductor in the Community Fellowship program, Conductor Workshops, the Orchestral Scores & Parts(OSP) Database and Open Rehearsals with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. A new initiative from 2000 was the introduction of the Orchestras Australia National Orchestral Awards.

Helping Orchestras Australia achieve its goals

Intelliware, Arts NSW, Allans, Clayton Utz, Apra/Amcos, Alfred Publishing, National Australia Bank, Australia Council, Australian Government.


Who should join?

Australia’s major professional orchestras are members of Orchestras Australia along with numerous educational organisations, school and youth orchestras, who nurture the orchestral musicians of the future. The burgeoning sector of community orchestras as well as associated music industry associations, individuals, conductors, soloists, musicians, educators and students, also enjoy the benefits of membership of Orchestras Australia.

Membership Benefits

  • Quarterly National Magazine
    • Concert listings
    • Orchestra spotlight
    • Free classified listings
    • Members advertising rates
  • Annual National Orchestra Forum
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Take part in Orchestras Australia special projects
  • Online advisory service
  • Access to Orchestras Australia Orchestral Scores & Parts (OSP) database
  • Ease of including APRA licence with annual membership
  • Nominations for the annual Orchestras Australia National Orchestral Awards
  • Insurance scheme for members
  • Orchestras Australia Website
    • Links with orchestral networks worldwide
    • Orchestral job opportunities
    • Website hosting opportunities for members (limits apply)