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Secondary Schools String Symphony (SSSS)

The Secondary Schools String Symphony (SSSS) provides a tailored playing opportunity for players of string instruments in SA government secondary schools.

The repertoire includes exciting and challenging music representing a wide range of musical styles. Gaining confidence in performance is an essential part of musical learning.

The SSSS enables students to take Ensemble Performance as a Year 12 (SACE II) subject.


All violin, viola, cello and double bass students in SA government high schools in 2016 are eligible to apply. Entry is by performance placement assessment.

Placement will be prioritised to students enrolled in a secondary classroom music subject in 2016, and/or participating in school ensembles as required by the school.

Placement of students not meeting these criteria will be considered if positions maintaining balance within the SSSS are subsequently available.

Students auditioning for this ensemble may like to consider auditioning on the same instrument (in the one audition), for the Primary Schools Music Festival orchestras.


The symphony is currently full.

Expectation of members

Members are expected to:

  • participate in all programmed performances and events
  • engage positively with the entire team
  • attend rehearsals and learn music for performances
  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals occur every Friday from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, at Mead Hall, 65 Flinders Street, Adelaide.

Members are expected to learn the music before rehearsals. If necessary, they should ask their instrumental music teacher for help.

If a member can’t attend a rehearsal, they should notify the conductor.

Rehearsal and performance uniforms

Members should wear school uniform to rehearsals.

For performances, members must wear:

  • respectful black clothes
  • black dress shoes
  • black socks.

Membership fee

The membership fee is $55 per year. 

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

Phone: 0458 185 152
EmailDECD.Ensembles16 [at] schools.sa.edu.au