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MSO Work Experience offers students an opportunity for meaningful, well-rounded engagement with MSO as a major performing arts company, as well as the arts sector more broadly.

“The MSO is a family and I want to be part of it. I learned how much it means and what you love to do as a team.”

– Work experience student

What does work experience at MSO involve?

Placements are run in a group format, with a strong focus on arts administration. During their time with the MSO, students will have the opportunity to meet with musicians and staff, mix with MSO’s industry-leading artistic planning team, observe orchestral rehearsals and explore Melbourne’s arts precinct.

Most of all, students will come away from their placement with a broad understanding of the role played by the MSO – as a cornerstone of Melbourne’s rich cultural heritage – in the Victorian and Australian performing arts industries.

2021 Applications

We welcome applications by all students attending Secondary School in Australia aged 15 years+ as of the placement date (Tuesday 14 September – Thursday 16 September & Tuesday 16 November – Thursday 18 November). The MSO can accept up to 30 students per placement and will hold two, three-day placements.

We have a very small number of places available for new applicants in 2021, but please note that preference is given to students who applied for the 2020 program and those attending schools in Victoria.

Session date still open: 16 - 18 November 2021.

2022 Work Experience

In 2022, Work Experience will be available at two placements:

  • Tuesday 28 - Thursday 30 June, 10am – 4pm OR
  • Tuesday 9 August - Thursday 11 August, 10am - 4pm

Applications open early in Term 4, 2021.

“The most enjoyable aspect was talking with the MSO musicians and gaining a better understanding of putting on a performance.”

– Work experience student

Contact us

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