COZMO – Capital of Australia Mandolinata


Mandolin in the heart of Canberra

COZMO logo 2014 - straight mandosCOZMO’s activities aim to promote the playing of  Zupforchester (plucked-stringed orchestra) instruments in Canberra ACT and surrounding regions – and the fun we have in playing and performing!


  • Sessions for Learning Group (Beginning) & Learning Group (Continuing): 4.00 -5.00pm.
  • Ensemble Rehearsals: 5.15 – 7.30pm.  Details: see Joining COZMO and Rehearsals.

LG Sessions and Ensemble Rehearsals are both held on Sundays (during school term time; the first for each term being on the Sunday just prior to the first Monday of the new term) at the Hellenic Club In The City (Atlas Room), 13 Moore St, City.


COZMO members at the ensemble’s 2017 High Court Concert (11 June 2017) – L to R: Stephen (Guitar), Julie (Guitar), Gianni (Guitar), Ben (Mandolin), Lea (Mandolin), Diana (Mandolin), Lindsay (Mandolin),  Diane (Mandolin), Col Bernau (MD: Mandolin & Mandolas), Alicia (piano)          (Photo courtesy of Peter Hislop).  Click HERE for photos of the event.

Next Events

  • COZMO Ensemble Rehearsals for 2018 – resume on Sunday 4 February, 5.15-7.30pm. In the Atlas Room, Hellenic Club in the City.
  • COZYMO Learning Group (Beginning and Continuing levels) Sessions for Semester 1, 2018 – start on Sunday 4 February, 4.00-5.00pm.

For more details regarding the above Next Events: see Upcoming Events.

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Info on previous activities: see Past Events.

Info on COZMO, Learning Groups and rehearsal times: see Rehearsals.

Info about COZMO’s music and resources: see Repertoire.

How to join the COZMO ensemble or participate in our Learning Groups?  Where to get lessons?  How to find a teacher?  How to hire an instrument?  Fees?  See Joining COZMO.

Other plucked-stringed orchestras and organisations promoting this exciting and beautiful music, camps and festivals: see Links.

Sheet music and MP3s for rehearsals, other resources and admin items: see Members and Participants Only (password required – Members and Participants only).

What is a mandolin orchestra?  This kind of orchestra is a plucked stringed orchestra (or ‘Zupforchester’).  It comprises instruments in the mandolin family – mandolins (trebles), mandolas (altos) and mandocellos (tenors),  with guitars and mandobass or double bass added to complete the group.  The repertoire is drawn from almost any genre of music: from classical to modern and popular, traditional, folk and world, jazz, romantic and swing, providing entertaining and eminently listenable performances.

HELLENIC CLUB IN THE CITY – Whether a member or a visitor, you can enjoy a coffee and cake or a delicious meal at the Club’s Bistro any time you’re in the City.  The Bistro serves FREE Kids’ Meals on the weekends (children under 12) – your whole family could enjoy a great dinner together there!

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COZMO is a member of FAME (Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles)