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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. 

Interested in working in one of Australia’s most innovative orchestras, in one of the world’s most liveable cities? Orchestra Victoria is a performance partner of Australia’s national ballet company, The Australian Ballet, and national opera company, Opera Australia and has a rich performance life beyond the pit, providing orchestral concerts, education programmes, and regional festivals across the beautiful state of Victoria.







Orchestra Victoria offers: 

  • Excellent salaries
  • Performances opportunities in the greatest of opera, ballet, symphonic and chamber music repertoire
  • A very exciting and friendly working environment
  • World-class health and well-being programs for musicians

For more information, you may contact:





Current vacancies


Associate Principal Bass

Orchestra Victoria seeks a musician of outstanding ability for the position of Associate Principal Bass.

Associate Principal Bass is a full-time position with Orchestra Victoria. The salary for this position as a Level A Principal Musician starts at $82,337 per annum plus superannuation and allowances. The position, if offered, will be for an initial three-year contract period, in accordance with the OV-EA 2018-2021. This contract period will be subject to a trial period of up to twelve months.

Applications are open to musicians who are Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents.

Please note that only recorded submissions will be accepted for the First Round of auditions. The Second Round of auditions will be held live in Melbourne.


Audition dates:

Round One (recorded submissions only) – 5pm AEST, Wednesday 05 January 2022

Round Two (live audition) – Monday 31 January and Tuesday 1 February 2022

Please note candidates must be available for both Round Two audition dates.


How to apply:

Details of the application process and the requirements of this audition  can be found in the Associate Principal Bass Audition Information Pack, available at the following link: Download Audition Information Pack

Complete the application form included in the information pack, and email it, and a current CV to

Applications close 5pm AEST, Wednesday 05 January 2022.

Round One outcomes will be communicated to all candidates by Monday 17 January 2022.


Audition repertoire:

Repertoire and Orchestra Excerpts are outlined in the Associate Principal Bass - 2021 Audition Book.

The access the Audition Book please click this link: Download Audition Book


More information:

Please contact Jessica Hort on 03 9694 3610 or






Orchestra Manager

The Orchestra Manager is a central role with primary responsibility for musician personnel management, including scheduling, rostering, booking and contracting seasons, leave, recruitment and auditions, internal communications and project costings

View the position description to find out more.

To apply for this position, please submit a brief cover letter, and application addressing the selection criteria and your resume to

If you have questions about the role, you may contact Sara Pheasant, Executive Director:

Applications close on Tuesday 4 January 2022, 5:00pm AEST





Operations Assistants - Casual

Operations Assistants are part of a small team responsible for the technical and staging operations of Orchestra Victoria’s performances and other activities. Working closely with the Operations team and musicians in a fast-paced performance environment, these positions require people who are highly motivated, attentive and affable with excellent communication skills.

Orchestra Victoria is based in Melbourne, however some regional travel within Victoria may be required. Hours of work are varied to accommodate the performance schedule of the Company and will include work on weekends and in the evenings.

View the position description to find out more.

Multiple positions for this role are available. To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, and application addressing the selection criteria and your resume to

If you have questions about the role, you may contact Nathan Smith, Head of Operations and Planning:

Applications close on Sunday 23 January 2022, 5:00pm AEST