A non-residential camp for young orchestral musicians

This much admired and respected camp is in its 58th year.

For a week each year, State Music Camp hosts a camp that provides instrumental students the opportunity to play in one of four different ensembles. 

Bishop Orchestra is the senior orchestra that performs a full Symphonic work.  This orchestra is comprised of string, woodwind, brass and percussion students with about 55 players from approximately AMEB Grade 7+

Jones String Ensemble is a senior string orchestra for approximately 40 students. Players will learn classical and modern pieces under the guidance of energetic and very accomplished tutors and a conductor. Suited for AMEB Grade 5-6.

Scott String Ensemble is suitable for string players from approximately AMEB Grade 3-4 and accommodates up to 35 students.

Thomson String Ensemble is a training ensemble suitable for AMEB Preliminary to Grade 2 and accommodates up to 35 students.

The young musicians attending this camp work with some of Australia’s finest conductors and tutors to explore and develop their talents whilst learning the art of orchestral music making.

At the conclusion of the camp, after five days of music making with friends, students enjoy the exhilaration and satisfaction of an orchestral concert at the Friday afternoon concerts. 



2019 will be our 58th year


We estimate around 8,400 young musicians have enjoyed the State Music Camp experience since 1962. This year's camp will be another special event when we welcome new and past players.

Please invite your friends to join you this year.

Enrol early to avoid disappointment. 


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Excerpts from previous gala concerts can be found on YouTube.



 Contact info@statemusiccamp.com.au for vacancies



Scotch College

1 Morrison Street

Hawthorn 3122  



Monday 1  July 2019


Friday 5 July 2019



Open 1 April 2019

Close 18 May 2019

ACCEPTING LATE APPLICTION for BISHOP: all Brass, Violins (Gr 8+), Violas (Gr 7+), Contra Bassoon & Violas for Jones (Gr 4+).  Contact info@statemusiccamp.com.au 



Sun 2nd June 2019

Trinity Grammar, 

40 Charles Street,

Kew, Vic 3101

(audition times will be emailed to you after application close on 18/5/19) 



Bishop Orchestra - David Kram

2019 Repertoire:

Liszt - Mazeppa S.100  

Brahms - Academic Festival Overture Op. 80 

 Bishop Audition Excerpts are being prepared (date of release will be informed soon).  


Jones String Ensemble - Ingrid Martin

Scott String Ensemble - Adam Merange

Thomson String Ensemble - Aaron Yeoh






Friday 5 July, from 4.30pm



Scotch College, 1 Morrison Street, Hawthorn 3122




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