News: Australian Music Examinations Board unveils Online Orchestra as part of Centenary Celebrations



Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) celebrates 100 years of leadership and commitment to music education in 2018. To mark this milestone, the organisation will roll out key events across the year, and today unveils the AMEB Online Orchestra, making a call out to musicians everywhere to contribute to an orchestral performance of the iconic song ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

The collaborative orchestra is designed to bring together players from across Australia and the globe, and invites musicians to contribute from wherever they are – in studios, school halls, living rooms or the great outdoors, from Broome to Brussels, and beyond.

The AMEB Online Orchestra is open to everyone, no matter where they are based or what skill level they are at. Participants can download music parts for a wide range of instruments at various levels. Individuals, schools and community groups can then practice, record a video, and upload it to the website. AMEB will combine all the clips to create one monumental virtual performance of ‘Waltzing Matilda’.

Entries open Tuesday 27 March and close mid-July. The final work will be launched on the big screen at Federation Square in Melbourne on Wednesday 12 September, 4-6pm.

AMEB have invited Benjamin Northey, Associate Conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Ambre Hammond, Concert Pianist, to be the AMEB Online Orchestra Ambassadors. Benjamin and Ambre will join the performance and provide inspiration for others to take part in this remarkable project – the first of its kind to be staged Australia.

Entry details:
Step 1 – Watch the Launch Video for instructions and inspiration.
Step 2 – Download the part you’d like to play and click track.
Step 3 – Practise your part.
Step 4 – Record yourself playing your part in your chosen location (a place that’s important to you).
Step 5 – Upload the recording (audio or video) to the website.
Step 6 – Be a part of the biggest orchestra Australia has seen!

AMEB History: AMEB has also unveiled an online Centenary historical timeline. Throughout the year, AMEB will roll out a decade by decade snapshot of the history of the organisation, simultaneously revisiting milestones and turning points in the history of our nation. See

Centenary Book: AMEB has engaged renowned musicologist, Dr Rita Crews OAM, to write a history of the organisation. The book displays a comprehensive and fascinating look at our journey from the point of federation in 1918 up to today. Featuring the personalities, syllabuses, certificates and education directions from the last 100 years plus lots of images and pictures dug up from the archives, this book is for all music education fans in Australia. The book will be launched at a special event in Melbourne on May 12, 2018 at Experimedia at the State Library of Victoria. Further info at

About AMEB: In 1887 a programme of music examinations was initiated in Australia by the Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne. Subsequently the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) emerged in 1918 as a national body with the purpose of providing graded assessments of the achievements of music students. Later, examinations were also provided for students of speech and drama. Today, AMEB is known for supporting, inspiring & advancing a life-long engagement with music in Australia. They offer a qualification that is widely recognised and respected and are the only examination body with formal links to major Australian universities and Ministers for Education.

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