Enjoyment & Excellence in Music


Our Orchestras

Rehearsing weekly at the Woodend Neighbourhood House, tuition is provided by four inspiring professional musicians/ educators.

  • Apprentice Strings – our Junior Orchestra is open for string students who have basic foundational skills on the instrument up to Grade 2 AMEB equivalent. We play a variety of musical styles including classical, folk and jazz and learn both by ear & from sheet music.

  • Resonance String Orchestra – Our Main Orchestra works with our dynamic professional tutor team, as well as our acclaimed Visiting Artists and presents the Annual Concert. Membership is from AMEB Grade 2 minimum.

  • Resonance Senior Strings take on a more rigorous rehearsal program, and as well as performing in the Annual Concert presents an annual Senior Strings concert at the Cope Williams Gallery. Membership is from AMEB Grade 5 to A.Mus and beyond.

Performance Schedule

Apprentice Strings gives one fabulous independent concert per year and also performs in the Resonance String Orchestra Annual Concert.

Resonance String Orchestra and its off-shoot, the Resonance Senior Strings, boast an exciting and rigorous performing schedule. As well as the Annual Concert, which showcases the orchestra's collaborative projects with visiting artists, and the annual Senior Strings Recital, Resonance musicians also perform at local events, charity fundraisers and private functions.

Educational Goals

Resonance was created with a view to: 

  • support young string students who are wishing to extend themselves in their musical studies;

  •  support VCE music students in their studies and in their transition to tertiary music studies;

  • provide a forum for adult amateur musicians to play locally with young musicians of a high standard; and in which they can gain instruction from the Resonance teaching staff.

Resonance has a proud history of supporting VCE Performance and Investigation students in their studies. This has included providing opportunities for concerto performances, and the opportunity to workshop compositions and works-in-progress with the orchestra members and staff. Resonance students have gone on to tertiary music study. 

Resonance is renowned for its Visiting Artists Program

Since its inception in 2009, Resonance has attracted over $40,000 in local and state government funding for our projects. Our members have studied and performed with musicians from The Freshwater Trio, The Eyre Quartet (courtesy of the Australian Youth Orchestra), soprano Elisabeth Denk, MSO percussionist Rob Cossom, The Castlemaine Chamber Players, ACO Collective, Zoe Knighton, klezmer violinist Ernie Gruner, violinist and fiddle-singer Jenny Thomas, early music specialists Lizzy Welsh and Anna Webb, violist Olivia Forsberg, local choir The Pollyphonics, percussionist Bec Matthews, Travel Art Dance Company and Andrea Keeble and Helen Mountfort with their acclaimed, Aria-nominated, 5 piece ensemble Cosmo Cosmolino.

As a parent, I am acutely aware of the limited music extension opportunities for students in the Macedon Ranges. Resonance has provided an outstanding opportunity for my daughter to play with other musicians and provided access to talented music directors and visiting artists. This exciting musical program is a rare find in regional Victoria.
— Allan Spencer-Stewart

What We've Achieved

  • Projects with a huge array of inspiring artists, including ACO Collective and MSO musicians;

  • Attracting over $30,000 local and state government funding for our projects;

  • Performances at a range of stunning local performance venues, including Cope Williams Gallery, Mary Maloney Theatre, Church of the Resurrection (Macedon) and Kyneton Town Hall;

  • 2011 short-listing for the national "Music in Communities" award;

  • Festival performances: AUSTA String Orchestra Festival, Malmsbury 'Zingaro' Festival, Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival.