It is with a wonderful sense of pride that I have seen our National Education Program flourish since it began eleven years ago. Thanks to the generosity of our many fantastic supporters, our activities have grown exponentially, providing wonderful and enriching music education opportunities for students and music teachers across the country.

The Program includes a wide range of activities focused on bringing music to young people regardless of background – from primary school children in significantly disadvantaged communities to talented young musicians at the post-tertiary level.  Your contribution will help fund our schools’ programs, which allow us to make quality music education available to children across Australia, delivering tangible benefits above and beyond the music itself.  

You will also allow us to identify and mentor the next generation of great players at the start of their professional careers through our Emerging Artists’ (EA) Program. This is a proven pathway, with five alumni from the Program becoming members of the ACO, while others perform in orchestras both in Australia and overseas.  In 2016, our National Education Program includes:

  • Music programs in disadvantaged primary schools in Matraville and Waterloo in NSW and Sunshine in Victoria;
  • Music & Art, enabling primary school students in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland to realise their creative potential and deepen their learning in the arts through the creation of visual artworks in response to music;  
  • Intensive workshops for promising secondary school string students in regional Australia;
  • ACO Academy, an intensive week-long immersion in orchestral life for secondary students from around the country;
  • ACO MOVE, interactive music and movement workshops for adolescents with special needs;
  • ACO Virtual, our interactive digital installation;
  • Online lessons accessible by music students everywhere; 
  • Our Emerging Artists' Program, providing mentoring and touring experience to Australia’s finest young musicians, at the start of their professional lives;
  • Penrith Strings, an exciting orchestral training program for talented young string players; 
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Program, providing interactive concerts and Music & Art lessons for children staying in the hospital;
  • A range of activities for Indigenous school students at Djarragun College in Queensland and Worawa Aborignial College in Victoria, as well as a collaboration with the Cairns Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir.

I hope you will support our important work in music education - you will be playing a most vital part in supporting the future of Australian music.  

Thank you so much.

Richard Tognetti AO
Artistic Director


How to become an Education Patron

You can become a Patron of the National Education Program by making a donation:

Online Through our secure donations page.
By Phone Call Sally Crawford, Patrons Manager, on (02) 8274 3830.
Mail Download and post this form.


National Education Program Patrons

Mr Marc Besen AC & Mrs Eva Besen AO
Janet Holmes à Court AC

National Education Program Donors

Emerging Artist Patrons$10,000 +

Mr Robert Albert AO & Mrs Libby Albert
Geoff Alder
Australian Communities Foundation - Ballandry Fund
Daria & Michael Ball
Steven Bardy & Andrew Patterson
The Belalberi Foundation
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM & Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis
Helen Breekveldt
Rod Cameron & Margaret Gibbs
Michael & Helen Carapiet
Stephen & Jenny Charles
Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM
Irina Kuzminsky & Mark Delaney
Mr Bruce Fink
Dr Ian Frazer AC & Mrs Caroline Frazer
Ann Gamble Myer
Daniel & Helen Gauchat
Kimberley Holden
Di Jameson
John & Lisa Kench
Miss Nancy Kimpton
Andrew Low
Anthony & Suzanne Maple-Brown
Jim & Averill Minto
Louise & Martyn Myer Foundation
Jennie & Ivor Orchard
Bruce & Joy Reid Trust
Andrew & Andrea Roberts
Mark & Anne Robertson
Margie Seale & David Hardy
Rosy Seaton & Seumas Dawes
Tony Shepherd AO
Anthony Strachan
John Taberner & Grant Lang
Leslie C. Thiess
David & Julia Turner
Libby & Nick Wright
E Xipell
Peter Yates AM & Susan Yates
Peter Young AM & Susan Young
Anonymous (3)

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The Abercrombie Family Foundation
Jon & Cheyenne Adgemis
Geoff Ainsworth & Jo Featherstone
Peter Atkinson
David & Helen Baffsky
Will & Dorothy Bailey Charitable Gift
Veronika & Joseph Butta
Caroline & Robert Clemente
Caroline & Robert Clemente
Darrel & Leith Conybeare
Mrs Janet Cooke
Suellen Enestrom
Bridget Faye AM
JoAnna Fisher & Geoff Weir
Angelos & Rebecca Frangopoulos
Kay Giorgetta
Louise Gourlay OAM
Warren Green
Tony & Michelle Grist
Liz Harbison
Annie Hawker
Insurance Group Australia Limited
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Anthony & Sharon Lee Foundation
Mrs Judy Lee
In memory of Dr Peter Lewin
Lorraine Logan
Macquarie Group Foundation
David Maloney & Erin Flaherty
Julianne Maxwell
Brian & Helen McFadyen
P J Miller
James Ostroburski & Leo Ostroburski
John Rickard
Paul Schoff & Stephanie Smee & Friends
Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine
Peter & Victoria Shorthouse
Sky News Australia
Jon & Caro Stewart
Alenka Tindale
Ivan Wheen
Simon & Amanda Whiston
Shemara Wikramanayake
Cameron Williams
Hamilton Wilson
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Maestro$2,500 - $4,999

Jennifer Aaron
David & Rae Allen
Brad Banducci & Anna Dudek
DG & AR Battersby
Beeren Foundation
Mr & Mrs Daniel Besen
Rosemary & Julian Block
Neil & Jane Burley
The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC & Mrs Elizabeth Chernov
Carol & Andrew Crawford
Anne & Tom Dowling
Ari & Lisa Droga
Maggie and Lachlan Drummond
Cass George
Nereda Hanlon & Michael Hanlon AM
Peter & Helen Hearl
Ros Johnson
Peter Lovell
The Alexandra & Lloyd Martin Family Foundation
Jennifer Senior & Jenny McGee
Jane Morley
Nola Nettheim
Jenny Nicol
Sandra & Michael Paul Endowment
Patricia H Reid Endowment Pty Ltd
Ralph & Ruth Renard
Mrs Tiffany Rensen
Fe and Don Ross
D N Sanders
Petrina Slaytor
Howard & Hilary Stack
John & Josephine Strutt
Nicky Tindill
Ralph Ward-Ambler AM & Barbara Ward-Ambler
Westpac Group
Dr Mark & Mrs Anna Yates
Professor Richard Yeo
William & Anne Yuille
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Virtuoso$1,000 - $2,499

Annette Adair
Barbara Allan
Jane Allen
Andrew Andersons
Adrienne Basser
Justice Annabelle Bennett AO
Jessica Block
Dr David and Mrs Anne Bolzonello
In memory of Peter Boros
Brian Bothwell
Jan Bowen
Benjamin Brady
Vicki Brooke
Diana Brookes
Dr Catherine Brown-Watt PSM and Mr Derek Watt
Sally Bufé
Dr Ivan Camens
Terry Campbell AO & Christine Campbell
Ray Carless & Jill Keyte
Ann Cebon-Glass
Patrick Charles
Dr Peter Clifton
Andrew Clouston
Angela & John Compton
R & J Corney
John Curotta
Peter & Penny Curry
Ian Davis & Sandrine Barouh
Michael & Wendy Davis
Martin Dolan
Dr William F Downey
Pamela Duncan
Emeritus Professor Dexter Dunphy AM
Wendy Edwards
Dr Linda English
Peter Evans
Julie Ewington
Elizabeth Finnegan
Michael Fogarty
Don & Marie Forrest
Chris & Tony Froggatt
Justin & Anne Gardener
M Generowicz
Brian Goddard
Kathryn Greiner AO
In memory of Jose Gutierrez
Kerry Harmanis
Jennifer Hershon
Lachie Hill
Christopher Holmes
Doug Hooley
Michael Horsburgh AM & Beverley Horsburgh
Carrie & Stanley Howard
Merilyn & David Howorth
Penelope Hughes
Professor Andrea Hull AO
Sue Hunt
John Griffiths & Beth Jackson
Owen James
Anthony Jones & Julian Liga
Brian Jones
Bronwen L Jones
Mrs Angela Karpin
Josephine Key & Ian Breden
Airdrie Lloyd
Gabriel Lopata
Diana Lungren
Garth Mansfield OAM and Margaret Mansfield OAM
Mr & Mrs Greg & Jan Marsh
Massel Australia Pty Ltd
Jane Tham & Philip Maxwell
Kevin & Deidre McCann
Ian & Pam McGaw
In memory of Rosario Razon Garcia
Helen & Phil Meddings
Michelle Mitchell
Barry Novy and Susan Selwyn
Paul O'Donnell
L Parsonage
Prof David Penington AC
GV Pincus
Dr S M Richards AM & Mrs M R Richards
Em Prof A W Roberts AM
Julia Champtaloup & Andrew Rothery
Richard & Sandra Royle
J Sanderson
In Memory of H. St. P. Scarlett
Lucille Seale
Mr John Sheahan QC
Diana & Brian Snape AM
Maria Sola
Dr Peter & Mrs Diana Southwell-Keely
Keith Spence
Harley Wright & Alida Stanley
Ross Steele AM
In memory of Dr Warwick Steele
Caroline Storch
Andrew Strauss
Charles Su & Emily Lo
David & Judy Taylor
Susan Thacore
Ngaire Turner
Kay Vernon
Jason Wenderoth
M White
Lee Wright
Don & Mary Ann Yeats
Rebecca Zoppetti Laubi
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Concertino$500 - $999

Elsa Atkin AM
Ms Rita Avdiev
Lyle Banks
A & M Barnes
In memory of Hatto Beck
Mrs Kathrine Becker
Robin Beech
Ruth Bell
Max and Lynne Booth
Debbie Brady
Denise Braggett
Mrs Ann Bryce
Mrs Pat Burke
Alberto Calderon-Zuleta
Heather Carmody
Jessica Carvell
Connie Chaird
Angela & Fred Chaney
Colleen & Michael Chesterman
Richard & Elizabeth Chisholm
Stephen Chivers
ClearFresh Water
Paul Cochrane
Sally Collier
P Cornwell & Cecilia Rice
Annabel Crabb
John & Gay Cruikshank
Sharlene & Steve Dadd
Marie Dalziel
Mari Davis
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In Memory of Raymond Dudley
M T & R L Elford
Leigh Emmett
Christine Evans
Carol Farlow
Penelope & Susan Field
Jean Finnegan & Peter Kerr
Paul Gibson & Gabrielle Curtin
Paul Greenfield & Kerin Brown
Kevin Gummer and Paul Cummins
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Lesley Harland
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Dr Penny Herbert in memory of Dunstan Herbert
Dr Marian Hill
Sue & David Hobbs
Chloe Hooper
Dr & Mrs Michael Hunter
Margaret & Vernon Ireland
Robert & Margaret Jackson
Barry Johnson & Davina Johnson OAM
Caroline Jones
Bruce & Natalie Kellett
Graham Kemp & Heather Nobbs
Lionel & Judy King
Prof Kerry Landman
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Megan Lowe
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Jennifer Rankin
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Mrs J Royle
Garry E Scarf & Morgie Blaxill
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Rena Shein
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In memory of Dr Aubrey Sweet
Gabrielle Tagg
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GC & R Weir
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