Date of Award


Document Type



Edith Cowan University

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music Honours


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

First Supervisor

Dr Matthew Styles


In 2008, the Western Australian Charity Orchestra (WACO) was formed with a mission to change lives through music. It was hoped that by providing the opportunity for members to play music that was rewarding and challenging within a positive, friendly environment, they would be free to motivate each other to create excellent music. Embedded within a charitable and community focus it was further hoped that the result was an orchestra that would achieve increasing musical capability and community connectedness.

Through the exploration into the practices of selected community orchestras combined with the results of a survey and action research model, I will be attempting to ascertain if the combination of a professional audition process and a charitable mission makes a notable difference to the standard of the music and the experience of musicians.

It is possible that community orchestras may have greater impact on the players, on the audience members and on the wider musical community, if their focus was twofold; to come together through an unbiased audition process to create satisfying musical performances within the guise of raising awareness and supporting charitable organisations.

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Music Commons


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