ACO Academy is an inspirational week of intensive rehearsals and performances with ACO musicians for outstanding secondary school students who play violin, viola, cello or double bass.

ACO Academy gives young musicians the opportunity to be challenged and inspired in a professional learning environment, working side by side with ACO musicians and ACO Emerging Artists throughout the week.

The week includes:

  • Chamber orchestra rehearsals focusing on ensemble playing, technical accuracy, interpretation and style;
  • Smaller ensemble chamber music rehearsals;
  • Presentations by ACO musicians and staff on careers and pathways in music; and​
  • A free public concert.

Participating students from around Australia are hand-picked by ACO Musicians via a YouTube audition process.

In 2017, ACO Academy will be held in Sydney from Sunday 9 until Friday 14 July. 

Aiko Goto, Director

ACO violinist Aiko Goto has been directing ACO Academy since its inception in 2012. Her energy and enthusiasm is unparalleled, and together with her colleagues from the Orchestra and young musicians from the ACO’s Emerging Artists’ Program, they create a supportive learning environment that helps students to reach their full potential.

Information sheet for applicants

Applications for 2018 are now open!

ACO Academy 2018 will take place in Melbourne from Sunday 8 July - Friday 13 July. 
Academy rehearsals will take place at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School with the public performance taking place at Melbourne Recital Hall.

Please complete a SurveyMonkey online application below or alternatively fill out a hard-copy application form.

Hard-copy form 

Any enquiries, please call  02 8274 3871.