Junior strings

The MBSO JUNIOR STRINGS (formed in 2014) is a recent addition to the groups which perform under the MBSO umbrella. It is designed for primary and early high school aged string performers to give them more experience of playing as an ensemble. Players in the MBSO Junior Strings ensemble progress on to playing in the MBSO Youth Symphony.

The MBSO Junior Strings performs at all MBSO concerts. Sectional rehearsals will be scheduled throughout each year.


Junior Strings Conductor - Katie Lawton

The musical director of the MBSO Junior Strings is Katie Lawton, a strings specialist in the Moreton Bay region. Katie has marvellous credentials, with an honours degree in Music Performance from the University of Queensland, where she studied voice, violin, viola and cello. As well as being MBSO’s Concertmaster, Katie has herself been a performer and educator for many years and believes passionately in the importance of music education for young people.

Katie loves musical theatre, and has performed both onstage and in the orchestra pit with many Brisbane groups, including Harvest Rain Theatre Company, Ignatians, Redcliffe Musical Theatre, Brisbane Arts Theatre and Queensland Musical Theatre. Katie previously played first violin in the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, performs regularly as a freelance musician with a string quartet, plays in a jazz duo with her partner Mitch (guitar) and recently has started playing for colonial and bush dances.

Katie has been a music educator for many years; teaching strings at schools in the Moreton Bay region, as well as conducting school string ensembles and chamber groups. Katie is passionate about the benefits of music education for everyone!


MBSO Junior Strings rehearses on Thursday nights:




All positions will be available each year through an audition process.

Age requirement

15 years and under.

Entrance requirements

AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) grade levels indicated are a guide to the equivalent standard that applicants must have achieved before auditioning. (Applicants are not required to have completed examinations before auditioning).

Required minimum standard

Strings (violin, viola, cello & double bass) - Grades 1-3


Double Bass 

Legend: (†) Instrument loan available

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Upcoming Events


Mendelssohn Concert   

Time:  2:00 PM

Venue:  Clontarf Beach State High School Hall, Isobel Street, Clontarf   (Map)


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Other Publications

MBSO Scholarship Application Form 2018.pdf (PDF)

2018 Concert Series.pdf (PDF)

Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles (PDF)

Become a Friend of MBSO in 2018 (PDF)

Application Form (for JS and YS) (PDF)


Go to Audition Excerpts page.

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MBSO Perform's Mendelssohn

APRIL 28 AT 2PM - The Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra (MBSO), MBSO Youth Symphony & MBSO Junior Strings present a concert of the works of German composer Felix Mendelssohn. Featuring Solo Violinist Andre Allavena from the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bronwyn Gibbs. Clontarf Beach State High School Hall, Isobel Street (Opposite end of Weaber Street), Clontarf. Tickets: Adults $20 Concession $15 Students: $10 Primary School: Free Tickets available NOW at: www.trybooking.com/TRRV

MBSO Introduces Scholarships in 2018

 In 2018 the Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra is providing scholarships that are open to players from primary school age to 25 years. A successful applicant will have a minimum AMEB Grade 4 standard in their chosen instrument for the MBSO Youth Symphony, and/or minimum AMEB Grade 5 standard in their chosen instrument if they wish to also play in MBSO. If you fit this category, and play either Bass Clarinet, Trumpet, Bassoon or Tuba, you are invited to apply. The available scholarships include paid membership and free instrument hire (tuba and bass clarinet) for one year. Click on the 'MBSO Scholarship Application Form 2018.pdf' under 'Other Publications' on the right-hand-side column.

Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2018

Know someone who is learning an instrument or in school and playing an instrument? Love playing in an environment with like-minded people? Have a passion for music? Join the MBSO Youth Symphony and MBSO Junior Strings ensembles in 2018! Click on the "Information Flyer for Youth and Junior Ensembles" under "Other Publications" on the right-hand-side column.