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Final Concert in Hanson Dyer Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

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Final rehearsal at City Recital Hall, in Sydney

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Final rehearsal at City Recital Hall, in Sydney

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ACO Academy 2022 - © Julian Kingma

Final Concert in Hanson Dyer Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne

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ACO Academy 2019 - © Jeff Busby

Rehearsals at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in Melbourne

ACO Academy 2024 applications are now open.

ACO Academy is an immersive learning experience, essential for any talented young string player who wants to be challenged and inspired.

Led by ACO violinist Aiko Goto, this annual program brings high school string players from across Australia together for an intensive week of orchestral rehearsals, sectionals and chamber music sessions. Throughout the week participants will be coached and mentored by ACO musicians and will build on technical skills, accuracy, ensemble playing, leading and communicating, and performance style. 

ACO Academy 2024

  • ACO Academy 2024 will take place in Melbourne from Monday 8 - Friday 12 July.
  • Participation Fee: $462. This is the total weekly fee for all rehearsals and tuition only.
  • ACO Academy is a non-residential 5-day project. Participants not based in Melbourne are required to organise and fund their own travel expenses and accommodation. Interstate students under 18 must travel and stay with a parent or guardian for the entire duration of the program.
  • There are limited bursary positions available for families of students experiencing financial hardship. Further information regarding bursary applications will be made available after participants have been accepted to the program.

Application Information

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be 12-18 years of age as of 8 July 2024, and must be enrolled in an Australian High School (or a registered Home School). Primary School students are not eligible.

Recommended standard of performance:
Violin: Grade 8 AMEB / Suzuki Book 7 or equivalent
Viola: Grade 6 AMEB / Suzuki Book 5 or equivalent
Cello: Grade 6 AMEB / Suzuki Book 5 or equivalent
Double Bass: Grade 5 AMEB / Suzuki Book 4 or equivalent
Please note that this is a guideline, not a prerequisite - acceptance will be based on the standard of performance in the audition video.

Application Timeline:

  • Monday 18 March: Online applications close at 5:00pm AEST.
  • Monday 22 April: All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by 5.30pm AEST.

How to Apply:

  • Applicants must complete an online application, as well as submitting a video audition demonstrating their instrumental proficiency.
  • ACO Academy video audition requirements and guidelines can be found here.
  • Please allow approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the application form and ensure that your video auditions have already been recorded and uploaded to Dropbox prior to completing the application form.

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If you have any queries about ACO Academy, please email the Learning & Engagement Team at [email protected]

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