A behind the scenes photo of Satu Vanska rehearsing


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.

Administrative Staff

Head of Partnerships

We are searching for a new Head of Partnerships to join Australia’s most dynamic international performing arts organisation. Led by its charismatic Artistic Director, Richard Tognetti AO, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is renowned world-wide for its inspired and courageous programming and unrivalled performances.

About the Role

The Head of Partnerships works with the Director of Market Development to meet and exceed the ACO’s annual partnerships target. An energetic hunter and enthusiastic team player, the Head of Partnerships utilises all the resources at their disposal to acquire new partners, manage relationships and yield from existing accounts, and ensure all partners are leveraging their benefits and creating value through their partnership with the ACO.

What we're looking for

  • Extensive experience in securing commercial and/or corporate partnerships

  • Successful track record in business development and delivering commercial targets

  • A great communicator who enjoys making new connections and forging new relationships

  • Excellent negotiation skills and experience in negotiating contracts

  • Budget management and forecasting

  • Strategic planning, research, analysis and reporting skills

  • A collaborative and open work style and flexible approach to problem solving

  • Working knowledge of Australia’s arts/entertainment industry and sympathy with arts product generally

To download a detailed position description, please click here.

To apply for this role, please forward your CV and an accompanying cover letter to Patricia Powell-Hughes, EP Australia Recruitment, at pph@epaustralia.com.au.


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
Director of Artistic Operations
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Email: luke.shaw@aco.com.au
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 (amcoz.com.au). 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