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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.

Events Manager

Energetic and enthusiastic Events Manager  sought for Australia’s most dynamic national performing arts organisation. 

Reporting to the Director of Development, and working closely with the ACO’s inspiring musicians and ACO colleagues across all departments, you will be responsible for a broad portfolio of duties including; planning and organising the ACO’s major fundraising events nationally, liaising with event specific volunteer committees, managing a portfolio of sponsors related to events and general administration. 

You will enjoy working in a high profile, fast paced and dynamic environment, as well as attending concerts and hosting events. To be successful in this role, you will be a confident, articulate individual with an interest Australia’s philanthropic and corporate landscape and the Performing Arts industry and an appreciation of classical music.

Please refer to the detailed position description here

To apply for this role, please forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter addressed to Anna McPherson, Director of Development, outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the position description, to before COB Monday, 28 November 2016.

Initial enquiries may be made to Anna McPherson, Australian Chamber Orchestra, 02 8274 3807.

Communications Manager

We are seeking a dedicated, experienced and passionate professional for a key role in the ACO’s Marketing team. 

As the ACO’s lead storyteller, the Communications Manager will work closely with the Director of Marketing, Managing Director, Artistic Director and ACO musicians to develop a Communications Strategy to generate media coverage and build the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s national and international profile and maximise ticket sales. In this position, the Communications Manager will also play a pivotal role in ideating content, as well as bringing the ACO’s various arms together -  corporate, philanthropy, education and outreach programs – into one cohesive narrative.

Key attributes include:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Communications or Marketing
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with the ability to develop stories across print, radio, television and online;
  • At least seven years’ experience in Communications/Public Relations with established media and influencer contacts in the Arts;
  • Brings a strategic and creative approach to Communications;
  • Experience in content ideation and creation.

Please refer to the detailed position description here

To apply for this role, please forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter addressed to Antonia Farrugia, Director of Marketing, outlining your relevant skills and experience in relation to the position description, to, by 16 December 2016.

Please include the words ‘Communications Manager’ in your email.

Initial enquiries may be made to:

Natasha Bowron on 02 8274 3812 email:

Principal Viola

Package: AUD144,983

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