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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.

SSSS may undertake a city and/or country tour during the year.

An information evening will be held from 6pm to 7pm on Friday 3 November 2017 at Mead Hall, behind Flinders Street Baptist Church.


All violin, viola, cello and double bass students in SA government high schools in 2018 are eligible to apply. Entry is by performance placement assessment.

Placement will be prioritised to students enrolled in a secondary classroom music subject in 2018, 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.

Performance placement assessment

Booking an assessment

Assessments will be held on: 

  • Tuesday 14 November, 8.30am to 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 21 November, 8.30am to 2.30pm
  • Friday 1 December, 8.30am to 2.30pm.

All assessments will be held at the Klemzig Instrumental Music office, 28 Hay Street Klemzig.

Audition bookings are now available online.

Performance placement assessment requirements

Students learning from private or the department's instrumental teachers are encouraged to audition.

The standard required is beyond beginner level. The duration of each audition is approximately 10 minutes.

Applicants will be asked to present the following:

  1. Scales:
    • All scales and arpeggios are to be played from memory.

    • Violin, viola, 'cello – any two 2 octave scales and corresponding arpeggios, ascending and descending, with own bowing choice

    • Double Bass – one 2 octave scale, one 1 octave scale

    • Please note it would be wise to choose contrasting scales – major/minor, sharps/flats.

  2. Two contrasting prepared pieces of music chosen to demonstrate technical and musical ability.

  3. All of the relevant prepared excerpts:
  4. A small piece of sight reading, provided at the audition.

Placement form

All applicants must print and complete the audition form (Word 105KB) and bring it to the audition. All fields must be completed.

Performance placement criteria

The performance placement criteria include:

  • accurate intonation

  • strong, clear tone

  • straight bow stroke

  • reading skills - rhythm, pitch, volume

  • spiccato bowing

  • accurate rhythms

  • all assuming good posture and hold of the instrument.

Additional skills

  • Shifting for all instruments

  • commencement of vibrato.

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 - this may include up to 2 late Sunday afternoon tutorials as required during the year

  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable performance clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals occur fortnightly from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, at Mead Hall, 65 Flinders Street, Adelaide. A full schedule will be supplied on acceptance.

Students are expected to attend rehearsals in school uniform.

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 must 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