Schools & Community 

The ACO’s National Schools’ and Community 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. 

School groups are eligible for $25 Tickets and adults and school students can check out our Music Notes with information about programs, our musicians and composers for insight into the creative process from practice room to stage. 

Our Emerging Artists and ACO Academy Programs provide life-changing experiences for talented young musicians. Our ACO Access Program opens our doors to young people with disability, with an invitation to create music with us in a comfortable and relaxed setting. 

Our ACO Foundations Program is informed by international research and gives primary school children from Australia’s most low socioeconomic status schools the opportunity to learn an instrument, opening a whole new world of possibility for their future. Our exciting online ACO Music and Art Program gives primary school students an exclusive insight into life as a professional musician via video conferencing and extensive website resources.

We run in-depth programs with Indigenous students, learning with them about their culture and identity, and we have created the first ever Penrith Youth Orchestra with our partners at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Symphony Orchestra. We 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, so that these children stay connected to their communities and don’t feel isolated as a result of their time away from school. 

Our comprehensive Regional Education Program gives students in regional centres the opportunity to experience our renowned ensemble ACO Collective with Artistic Director Pekka Kuusisto

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. 

Read our online brochures, explore our site or request a copy of our Schools' and Community Program brochure from


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.