Our ensembles give musicians unique opportunities to make a difference in the community and perform quality repertoire at a high standard. In the West Coast Phil, West Coast Phil Chorus and WA Wind Symphony, we strive to create the best music possible as we seek to fulfill our mission, changing lives through music. To ensure our ensembles are of a high standard and to give everyone a fair opportunity, all potential members are required to audition.
Our instrumental ensembles have screened auditions annually, allowing both ensembles to make community music at the highest standard possible while encouraging a respectful and supportive atmosphere.
Deciding to join… was the best decision I have ever made. The ensembles have such a friendly and supporting atmosphere both inside and outside of rehearsals. I have made many lifelong friends [here] and recommend joining to anyone who wants to keep music in their lives. – Mathew Leak, Trumpet & Voice
As a member of our organistaion you will have the opportunity to be a part of a friendly community of enthusiastic and talented musicians. The ensembles perform a wide variety of repertoire that is carefully selected to not only entertain audiences, but engage, challenge, reward and enrich the performer.
WACO ensembles are the most enjoyable and challenging groups I have ever played in. We perform such a wide variety of music, from popular pieces such as Harry Potter and Wicked to classics by the likes of Tchaikovsky and Mozart, and that was just in one concert! Before I joined… I would never have thought I would perform the entirety of Beethoven 9, but we did, and it was one of the best musical experiences I’ve ever had. – Anne Phillips, Oboe
All of our ensembles are lead by our founder and music director, Samuel Parry. A multi-instrumentalist and experienced musician, Sam brings an encouraging and inspiring approach to conducting and motivates the ensembles to reach a high standard in every performance.
Sam Parry is not only an incredible musician and musical director, but also a joy to work with. His high expectations and goals for each rehearsal and performance are achieved in an encouraging, stress free environment. Sam’s vision offers players a once in a lifetime opportunity for many members and we love being a part of it. – Ingrid Waters, Horn & Voice
West Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
28th February, principal applications close
29th February, principal excerpts distributed
14th March, principal auditions
16th March, principal results distributed
20th March, tutti applications close
21st March, tutti excerpts distributed
4th April, tutti auditions
6th April, tutti results distributed
WA Wind Symphony
Applications for 2020 will remain open until all vacancies are filled.
West Coast Philharmonic Chorus
Applications for the December 2020-February 2021 season will open in August 2020.
Following a successful audition, individuals are required to pay a fee to become members and participate in their awarded ensemble(s). Membership entitles an individual to participate in as many ensembles for which they qualify.
Full membership is $180. To only participate in the summer program the fee is $50. Family discounts are available.
A generous Perth musician recently donated a beautiful viola to our organisation. We are offering this viola to a violinist to borrow free of charge in the form of a scholarship for the West Coast Phil April 2020-February 2021 season.
Violinists who have already auditioned for the orchestra are welcome to apply. Violinists who have not auditioned for the April 2019-2020 season are also encouraged to apply, but will need to complete a violin audition to demonstrate their level of musicianship before being considered for the viola scholarship.
Applications will remain open until a recipient is confirmed.
“Playing with [the orchestra] is an amazing part of my musical journey. To have met so many like-minded people who love music as much as I do is simply mind blowing. And to be able to share it and help others at the same time is something really truly special.”