Orchestra Victoria

Orchestra Victoria responded with beauty, brilliance and tireless playing

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About us

Now in its fifth decade, Orchestra Victoria is one of Australia’s two specialist pit orchestras. It is proud to be the performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. In addition to its core pit activities, Orchestra Victoria presents concerts and education workshops in regional and outer metropolitan centres across Victoria. Delivering more than 200 performances each year, Orchestra Victoria is committed to creating opportunities for all Victorians to experience orchestral music.

After 44 years of performances together, in 2014 Orchestra Victoria became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet, cementing the future of the orchestra as one of Australia’s most dynamic Major Performing Arts companies. Orchestra Victoria is grateful for the support of its government, philanthropic and corporate partners.

Nicolette Fraillon, Artistic Director

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Meet Artistic Director Nicolette Fraillon

World-renowned conductor Nicolette Fraillon has been The Australian Ballet’s Music Director and Chief Conductor since 2003. With her fire, emotion and passion, our music becomes an equal partner to the dance.

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Corporate Information


  • Libby Christie, Chair
  • Peter Hough
  • Angela Kelly
  • David McAllister AM



  • Nicolette Fraillon, Artistic Director
  • Julie Amos, General Manager
  • Fiona Boundy, Operations Manager
  • Margaret Lloyd, Project Manager
  • Harriette Blanden, Deputy Orchestra Manager
  • Mark Lowrey, Operations Coordinator
  • Elise Lerpiniere, Administration Coordinator
  • Rachel Owen, Operations Assistant
  • Glynn Davies, Orchestra Librarian
  • Lucy Barker, Administration Trainee



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Work opportunities 


Orchestra Victoria is one of only two highly specialised Ballet and Opera orchestras in Australia and is the proud performance partner of The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia and Victorian Opera. We are seeking musicians with outstanding performance and leadership capabilities for the following positions:

Tutti Violin
Audition: Monday 30 January & Tuesday 31 January 2017
Closing date for applications: Monday 9 January 2017 at 9am AEST
International candidates are welcome to apply.

The information pack for this position is available here.

Associate Principal Clarinet
Audition: Thursday 9 February & Friday 10 February 2017
Closing date for applications: Thursday 19 January 2017 at 9am AEST

The information pack for this position is available here.

The Candidate Excerpt Book is available to download here.

Audition information for all candidates:

1) Mozart Clarinet Concerto K.622 in A major - 1st, 2nd & 3rd movements with piano accompaniment, as follows:

  • 1st movt exposition (beginning up to bar 155)
  • 2nd movt - starting at cadenza (bar 59) to the end
  • 3rd movt beginning up to bar 179

2) Orchestral excerpts
For recorded auditions, please record the Concerto as listed above in one take and the excerpts in a second take.


These auditions may be taken in person or by recording (video DVD), subject to the recording requirements.

Orchestra Victoria is an expert ‘orchestral partner’ and differs greatly from symphonic orchestras in its ability to complement the action on stage, adapt to live theatrical performance and react to the direction of the conductor at lightning speed.

Our musicians have the stamina to last the distance of a full-length ballet or opera and maintain the highest artistic standards for its entirety. Orchestra Victoria also regularly performs on the concert platform, presents its own chamber music series and runs a highly successful education program. The orchestra has a strong commitment to regional Victoria.

With over 200 performances a year, to more than 250,000 people, Orchestra Victoria is widely regarded as the most versatile orchestra in the country. Orchestra Victoria offers competitive salaries, generous professional development opportunities and excellent health and wellbeing programs managed by specialised medical practitioners. Orchestra Victoria is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet

Auditions will be held in Melbourne, Victoria, at Victorian College of the Arts. Details of the audition will be provided to applicants as outlined in the information pack.

Please contact Sara Pheasant, Orchestra Personnel Manager, for more information:
p: +61 3 9694 3608
e: orchestrajobs@australianballet.com.au