Engineering Music Society

EMSby Kate Higgins from the Engineering Advancement Office

When five electrical engineering students decided to form the Melbourne Engineering Music Society in late 1991 they wanted to give musically-minded students from across the University the opportunity to play in a relaxed, casual and sociable environment. Little did they realise that their orchestra would grow into a club so popular that it now has over 200 members, making it the biggest student instrumental group on campus outside the Music Faculty.

The club was founded on the basis of being friendly, fun and social and is therefore open to students of all faculties and levels of musicianship with no audition required. It currently consists of an orchestra, concert band, two stage bands and a choir and many alumni still play with the various ensembles.

All groups rehearse weekly for a couple of hours in the evening and at the end of each semester they hold public concerts and also play at various University functions such as Discovery Day and Engineering Deans Honours.

Dr David Chan, BE (Hons) (Elec) 1990; BSc 1991; PhD 2000, has been a violinist and viola player with the orchestra since its inception and was Concertmaster in 1998. He believes the club benefits both its members and the University. “The School of Engineering is certainly richer for having this society around. These sorts of activities are things students take away as a University of Melbourne experience.”

Catch the orchestra at their next concert!

Wilson Hall, Saturday 23rd October, 7pm
Tickets will be available at the door

New members are always welcome and more information can be found at


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