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As one of the finest performing arts companies in Australia, the ACO attracts the highest calibre of musicians, soloists and composers who are in turn supported by a first-rate team of administration professionals.

Principal Viola

Package: AUD167,103

Applications are invited for the above full-time salaried position. The Australian Chamber Orchestra has an annual season of over eighty performances throughout Australia as well as a regular overseas touring schedule encompassing performances throughout Europe, North America and Asia such as at London’s Southbank Centre, Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., and appearances at festivals in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Tanglewood. 

Recent domestic and international tours have included collaborations with artists including Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuusisto, Jeremy Denk, Steven Osborne and Patricia Kopatchinskaya. The ACO also has a regular recording program including its most recent releases on BIS.

Position comes with the use of a 1610 Maggini instrument.

In the first instance please direct all enquiries to:

Mr Luke Shaw
Head of Operations and Artistic Planning
Australian Chamber Orchestra
T +61 2 8274 3809  | E


Applications for casual work with the ACO (strings and all other orchestral instruments) are welcome. For details on how to apply, please send expressions of interest to Luke Shaw.

Mr Luke Shaw
Head of Operations and Artistic Planning
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Telephone: +61 2 8274 3809
Fax: +61 2 8274 3801
PO Box R21, Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Australia

Artist Managers and Soloists

The ACO is a touring orchestra which offers up to 13 programs each year. Opportunities for soloists are extremely limited and highly sought-after. Due to the overwhelming amount of interest, the ACO can no longer accept unsolicited material from soloists or artist managers.


The ACO is known for programming a broad range of music and we are very much interested in expanding the repertoire for chamber orchestras. However due to our unique touring pattern, the ACO offers only a handful of programs a year, so opportunities for composers are relatively limited. 

If you are a composer who is represented by the Australian Music Centre, there is no need to contact us - we regularly view the AMC catalogue ( If you are not represented by the AMC, and you think you have a piece well suited to the ACO, you are welcome to post a cover letter, CV, and three sample pages of the score. If you have a CD recording of the work, please send that too. Please do not email scores or parts electronically. Midi recordings are welcome if there is no alternative. Please note that our core strength is strings (55331) and we are a touring orchestra. Works for large forces or which require a complicated venue set-up are less likely to be of interest.

We will contact you in the event that we are able to take your submission further, or if we require further information. Please be careful not to send anything that cannot be replaced as we are unable to return submissions unless organised in advance of original delivery.

Please address submissions to:

Anna Melville
Artistic Administrator
Australian Chamber Orchestra
PO Box R21
Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Australia