Learning & Engagement

The ACO’s Learning & Engagement Program reflects the ACO’s artistic excellence, vibrancy and enthusiasm for innovation, and provides access to and engagement with the ACO’s renowned musicians for people from all over Australia and of all ages, abilities and circumstances.

We invite you to connect with us, our music and our ideas. Tune into our innovative spirit, energy and individuality, and join us in sharing our passion for music with Australians at all stages of their learning journey.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Education Peer Review Panel (comprising representatives from the music education community across three states) is invited to observe the ACO’s education activities. The Panel assists the ACO by providing the ACO with regular feedback on the impact of these activities thereby informing the ACO's self-assessment and future planning.

Members of our Education Peer Review Panel are: Lyn Williams OAM, Jane Davidson, John Benson, Helen Champion, Theo Kotzas, Jared Furtado and Zoe Arthur.


The ACO Inspire Quartet

ACO Inspire Quartet

Our dedicated education quartet comprises of ACO Collective Alumni who have a passion for music education. 

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A group of ACO Emerging Artists

Young and Emerging Artists

We are passionate about supporting the next generation of Australian musicians. We provide opportunities for school students that are interested in pursuing music as a career, and post-tertiary students who are on the cusp of their professional careers. 

Our Emerging Artists and ACO Academy Programs provide life-changing experiences for talented young musicians, and we have created the first ever Penrith Youth Orchestra with our partners at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Symphony Orchestra.

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Peter from the ACO Inspire Quartet teaching at a school

Schools and Teachers

Our programs provide schools and teachers with resources and professional development opportunities to integrate music into their school’s culture and vision, as well as live performance experiences by ACO and ACO Inspire Quartet musicians. 

School groups are eligible for $25 Tickets, teachers can check out our Music Notes and our exciting online ACO Music and Art Program gives primary school students an exclusive insight into life as a professional musician.

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Julian Thompson working with ACO Move participants

Community and Access

Our partnership programs allow us to sustain ongoing engagement with communities all over Australia, to ensure that the experiences that we offer are meaningful and provide long-lasting benefits to students and schools.

Our Access Programs open our doors to young people with disability, we run in-depth programs with Indigenous students, learning with them about their culture and identity, and collaborate with teachers at the Education Institute at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne to help students continue their learning while they are in hospital.

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An ACO violinist mentoring a student

Regional Education

Our comprehensive Regional Education Program gives students in regional centres the opportunity to experience our renowned ensemble ACO Collective with Artistic Director Pekka Kuusisto. String Workshops and interactive Schools’ Concerts supported by resources for teachers, are delivered by ACO Collective and the ACO Inspire Quartet as part of their annual regional tours. 

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