ACO BNP Paribas Pathway Scholarship

ACO BNP Paribas Pathway Scholarship

An accessible pathway to music performance for promising young Australian string players.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra is committed to sharing our talent, knowledge, and resources to offer opportunities for the next generation of musicians to learn and engage with us through our Talent Development programs. Supported by BNP Paribas, the ACO has created this scholarship as an accessible pathway to specialist string training and development for promising school aged musicians.


About the Scholarship

The ACO BNP Paribas Pathway Scholarship is an annual scholarship that will enable a student to receive financial and other support with activities associated with reaching a high level of string playing.

Support will be assessed on a needs basis but will cover such things as:

  • purchasing or hiring a musical instrument
  • attending regular private instrumental lessons with a local string teacher
  • attending a local community music ensemble (if available)
  • assistance with auditioning for and attending the ACO Academy program (as appropriate)
  • accessing mentoring sessions with an ACO musician.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Scholarship, applicants must be:

  • Aged between 10 and 18
  • Able to demonstrate proficiency in their chosen string instrument (violin, viola, cello or double bass) via a video audition
  • Be able to commit to attending weekly private music lessons and local training ensemble activities as appropriate

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person; and / or
  • identify as a person with disability*; and / or
  • are experiencing financial need and or other hardship.

Application Deadline

Applications for the ACO BNP Paribas Pathway Scholarship will open in 2022.

More Information

For further information please contact Learning & Engagement at [email protected]

*As outlined in the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014, ACO defines disability as a long-term physical, psychiatric, intellectual or sensory impairment that, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder the person’s full and effective participation in the community on an equal basis with others.

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