ENS 3010A - Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra 3 part 1

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Rehearsals and performance of repertoire for wind ensemble and/or orchestra

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENS 3010A
    Course Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra 3 part 1
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week, plus additional rehearsals prior to concerts
    Prerequisites Audition
    Restrictions Priority given to BMus students
    Course Description Rehearsals and performance of repertoire for wind ensemble and/or orchestra
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Elizabeth Koch

    Ensemble Director:
    Robert Hower


    Orchestra Manager:
    Stephen Jarman

    Elder Hall LG03

    (08) 8313 8339


    Available to students:
    Students wishing to discuss music-related matters should make an appointment with the Ensemble Director in person or per e-mail. Students should direct all extra-musical matters to the Orchestra Manager.
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Develop musical performance skills in the context of wind orchestra rehearsals and concerts that display accuracy, fluency, advanced technical skills and a mature expressive sense along with a strong conceptual and interpretative understanding of the chosen and prescribed works
    2. Develop effective practising strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving including the use of contemporary technologies
    3. Develop critical understanding of own and others’ musical performances in relation to the standards required for a professional orchestral career
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,3
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1,2
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Those students needing to loan Conservatorium instruments must organise this with the appropriate Head of Studies.

    Recommended Resources

    The Elder Music Library located in the Hartley building is an excellent source for music, literature and recordings.

    Online Learning

    Whilst use of MyUni for this course is limited, any information uploaded to MyUni will be located in the My Performance Classical (Semester One) course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    For any ensemble to work at all, let alone successfully, every single member must be both committed and accountable. Unlike almost any other class within the Conservatorium, ensembles only succeed when all members are present, actively participating, and accountable to each other, to the conductor, and to the music.

    This expectation to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals and performances is totally in keeping with several of the Graduate Attributes for the three undergraduate music programs. The Graduate Attributes most relevant to ensembles are:

    • Sensitivity to others and the ability to function as part of a team.
    • Commitment to excellence and the striving towards the highest possible personal and professional standards.
    • A clear understanding of the professional world and the standards required for professional work.

    The rationale for the Conservatorium’s Participation and Attendance Policy in relation to ensembles is simple and universal. It is derived from both professional practice and from the very nature of ensemble music-making itself.

    Performance ensembles - symphony orchestras, wind orchestras, choirs, jazz ensembles et cetera - do not work successfully without the commitment and positive participation of every single member, irrespective of how skilled those individual members may be. Naturally, the vocal or instrumental skills of the individual members contribute greatly to the overall quality of the ensemble but it is the 'working together' which actually makes the ensemble function.

    Your commitment to the ensemble involves the following three key aspects of ensemble discipline:

    • your willingness to be musically and personally prepared for every rehearsal and performance
      Being prepared means (a) having the appropriate music and a pencil at rehearsal and (b) spending some time during the previous week doing any personal work on the music that either the conductor has specified, or that you feel is necessary for to keep up with the general pace of the ensemble.
    • positive participation made possible by regular, punctual attendance
      Being punctual actually means you should be in the rehearsal room at least 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time and in place ready to play or sing approximately 5 minutes before the scheduled starting time. Principally, this allows you time to get mentally and physically ready for the rehearsal. The conductor should not have to gather the ensemble together into their places in order to begin rehearsal. Ideally, a rehearsal should be able to begin with a few words of welcome from the conductor, minimal instructions about which piece is being rehearsed first, and a downbeat.
      If the ensemble as a whole works well, everyone’s musical satisfaction is heightened; everyone benefits. Punctuality and good ensemble discipline not only enable the ensemble to function well and efficiently, they are signs of respect for colleagues, for the ensemble as a whole, for the conductor, and for the actual music-making at the core of your ensemble’s existence.
      At the Conservatorium, as in the professional world, punctuality means being in place, ready to rehearse well before the start time.”
    • a willingness to be focused in rehearsal and performance, and to consistently give your best

    Being focused means:

    1. being musically and mentally engaged and ‘in the moment’ for the entire rehearsal or performance;
    2. being attentive and responsive to the conductor’s verbal and gestural instructions at all times;
    3. using a pencil (not a shared one either!) to record on the music all markings necessary for the effective retention of all relevant instructions by the conductor;
    4. changing music when required, in an efficient, no-fuss manner;
    5. being aware of, and responsive to, the ambience and momentum of the rehearsal as established by the conductor and by the music itself.

    In other words, you are expected to be totally professional in your relationship with your colleagues, the conductor and the music.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The workload for this course consists of tutorials, sectionals, rehearsals and concerts.

    Learning Activities Summary

    The ECWO noticeboard is located in the Elder Hall foyer (Northern glass door entrance). Please refer to the ECWO noticeboard for the schedule, which details all commitments for the year; and to rehearsal orders that give specific details on running orders for individual commitments. Running orders will be affixed to the noticeboard before each call.

    Specific Course Requirements


    A list of concerts, dress rehearsals, dates and times will be pinned to the ECWO noticeboard at the beginning of the year. It is expected students record these details early to avoid ‘double-booking’.

    Dress Code
    Two dress codes apply to concerts this year: the ensemble will be notified of which before each concert.
    Performance Black
    Gentlemen: black long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, socks and shoes.
    Ladies: black long-sleeved tops/shirts, long skirts/trousers, shoes, with black socks or black/flesh-coloured stockings.
    Gentlemen: white dinner shirt, black bow tie, black tux and polished black shoes.
    Ladies: see All Black(above)
    No jeans, track pants, pinstripes, ostentatious jewellery or sneakers. Cover up, and aim to blend in rather than stand out.

    All parts are photocopies of originals, and are kept in folders. Folders are always to be returned by individuals after rehearsals/concerts, and music is not to be taken out of these folders. Please take care of the folders: keep them tidy and organised, and be gentle with them.

    Practice Parts
    Practice parts will also be available to keep individuallyprior to rehearsal period to allow students to spend time learning and preparing parts before rehearsals, and to work on sections the conductor has specified after rehearsal. Students are required to study and become proficient in the performance of their individual parts and to present a high standard of musical and technical ability in rehearsals and concerts. These practice parts must be returned post-concert: as they are photocopies, it is a copyright requirement that they are destroyed.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Weighting as follows:
    Semester One: Individual Assessment I 30%
    Semester One: Individual Assessment II 30%
    Semester Two: 30%
    Semester Two: contribution to the ensemble 10%
    Full year grade: 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    The Conservatorium All students enrolled in courses taught by the Elder Conservatorium of Music are expected to actively and positively participate in 100% of required rehearsals, workshops, classes, lectures, tutorials and performances.

    The Conservatorium recognises that extenuating circumstances may occasionally affect a student’s ability to participate in a rehearsal, tutorial or performance. Sick Leave, Compassionate Leave or Professional Development Leave may, upon application using an Absence Form (available outside Orchestral Manager’s Office, LG03, Elder Building) be approved by the Ensemble Director.

    The following types of Leave are applicable:

    1. Sick Leave. In cases of sickness, an Absence Form must be submitted within seven days of return to rehearsals. Students must make every effort to notify the Orchestral Manager of an impending absence for reasons of sickness. Sick Leave will only be approved if the relevant staff member is notified of the student’s impending absence before the rehearsal or performance in question.
      The Ensemble Director may waive the requirement to produce a medical certificate if they have clear evidence of illness and believe that the procurement of a medical certificate is deemed unnecessary or impossible in the circumstances. The form will need to be annotated to that effect as part of the approval process.
    2. Compassionate Leave. Leave may be granted at the discretion of Ensemble Director for cases of family bereavement or other such occasions where the student has been adversely affected by circumstances which were unforeseen and legitimately beyond their control. Please note that Compassionate Leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and must be applied for using an Absence form.
    3. Professional Development Leave. Leave may be granted at the discretion of the Ensemble Director in cases where the student has made sufficient case that the activity occasioning the absence is of considerable professional and educational benefit. Professional Development Leave must be applied for, and approved, well in advance, using an Absence Form.

    Individual grades are based primarily on the following factors, all of which are considered when assigning large ensemble grades:

    1. performance and preparation
    2. contribution to the ensemble, co-operation and professionalism
    3. attendance

    To create a unified and consistent ensemble every ensemble member’s attendance at all scheduled rehearsals and concerts is imperative. Each student’s attendance record will be a major factor – but certainly not the only factor – in determining the grade.

    i. Performance and Preparation
    It is essential that each ensemble member knows the repertoire in their own right. Practice parts will be available well in advance of each programme and Individual Assessments will be conducted three weeks prior to each concert/performance on relevant repertoire: results from these assessments will equate to 90% of the student’s final grade. There will be three Individual Assessments over the course of the year.

    ii. Contribution to the ensemble, co-operation and professionalism
    Assessed by the Ensemble Director, this component is worth 10% of the student’s final grade.

    Factors considered are not limited to but may include:

    • co-operation
    • professionalism
    • bringing a pencil and eraser to rehearsal
    • being aware of the schedule and any changes on a daily basis
    • being ready to rehearse fifteen minutes before the scheduled start time
    • maintaining silence while the conductor is speaking

    iii. Attendance
    Attendance is compulsory for the full duration of every rehearsal and concert.
    Students should assume they are assigned to every scheduled rehearsal unless informed otherwise. Students are required to keep exact records of their attendance.

    You must be in your seat when the attendance check is taken at the posted starting time for each piece in the rehearsal. As in professional practice you should be ready to play at least fifteen minutes before your posted time. Early departures will be recorded as unacceptable absences.

    In all cases of absenteeism and/or lateness, an Absence Form must be completed by the student, approved and signed by the Ensemble Director, and returned in a clearly labelled envelope to the manager withinseven days. This is entirely the student’s responsibility. Late forms will not be considered. These forms are affixed to the board outside the Orchestral Manager’s Office.

    In case of illness, an Absence Form must be completed and appropriate documentation (i.e. an original medical certificate) must be attached, and returned in a clearly labelled envelope to the Orchestral Manager within seven days for the student to be excused.

    From time to time students may be invited to perform in outside professional engagements. If you know in advance that you will be unable to attend all or part of a rehearsal, seek the Ensemble Director’s approval well before the expected absence, and complete an Absence Form in the standard fashion, and return it to the Orchestral Manager as soon as possible.

    Appointments of any kind, that directly conflict with scheduled ensemble rehearsals or concert times include, but are not limited to:

    • non-emergency medical appointments
    • lessons
    • appointments with advisers or teachers
    • auditions
    • supplementary exams
    • part-time work
    • chamber music rehearsals/exams
    • outside performances/rehearsals

    If working part time advise your employer that there are aspects of the course for which attendance is not negotiable and this may affect your availability. Given enough notice, most employers will be understanding of your course requirements.


    • Absence ten (10) marks
    • Lateness five (5) marks

    Any unacceptable absences from ensemble rehearsals and performances will result in a ten (10) mark penalty for each unapproved absence, and a five (5) mark penalty for each episode of unapproved lateness. For all ensembles covered by this policy, lateness is defined as arrival at the rehearsal or performance venue at any time after the scheduled starting time for rehearsal, or any time after the scheduled ‘Call’ time in the case of performances.

    The penalties will be applied to the final total mark for the year – ie after all assessments have been completed and calculated.

    Assessment Detail

    Students will be examined in small groups (usually in sections) with the provision that individual parts may be required to be played from within those groups. The format for these assessments will depend on repertoire, and students will be notified of details prior to each scheduled assessment via the noticeboard.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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