Support the Future of Australian Music
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I am so proud of what the ACO’s ever-expanding National Education Program has achieved since it began nine years ago. From humble beginnings, our initiatives have grown to provide immersive music education opportunities for children, young musicians and music teachers across the length and breadth of Australia. Your support has made this possible.
In 2014, our National Education Program has aligned with the new national curriculum. We continue to facilitate our very successful music programs at disadvantaged primary schools in Sydney and now Melbourne. We also provide intensive workshops for promising secondary school string students across Australia, offer special projects such as our multi-year Picton Strings program, subsidised tickets for high school students, free concerts for children who are economically or geographically disadvantaged and access to the Orchestra for young people with special needs. ACO Academy, our intensive week-long youth orchestra training program, returned, this time in Melbourne, culminating in a packed public performance at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Our Emerging Artists Program continues to flourish. Last year I led the Emerging Artists and ACO2 on their first national tour, where they performed in our subscription season, with eleven concerts nation-wide. The wonderfully diverse and dynamic combination of Australia's finest emerging string players alongside ACO musicians made for a hugely successful tour, which was met with critical acclaim. This year has seen the Emerging Artists and ACO2 return to Western Australia and soon to Tasmania for public performances and to provide string workshops and concerts to local students, building on the successes of previous tours.
2014 has also seen a number of new initiatives. Our professional development program for music teachers offers training to assist them to build on their existing skills while enhancing their teaching with new ideas and resources to take into the classroom. Our new teacher training sessions feature hands-on string playing with learn-through-play and collaborative problem solving. Each workshop is tailored for specific groups in consultation with schools and communities. We’ve also launched a new Indigenous music composition competition and continue to focus on the immense educational opportunities which ACO VIRTUAL, our immersive virtual orchestral installation, has to offer.
We will continue to channel our energies towards regional and disadvantaged schools, to encourage children to understand the universality of music, and to give students, young artists and teachers the inspiration and tools to continue a lifelong musical journey.
You can help us to nurture the future of Australian music by supporting our National Education Program.
Thank you so much.
Richard Tognetti AO