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

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Emerging Artist Patrons$10,000 +

Mr Robert Albert AO & Mrs Libby Albert
Australian Communities Foundation - Ballandry Fund
Daria & Michael Ball
Steven Bardy & Andrew Patterson
The Belalberi Foundation
Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM & Michelle Belgiorno-Nettis
Andre Biet
Helen Breekveldt
Rod Cameron & Margaret Gibbs
Stephen & Jenny Charles
Rowena Danziger AM & Ken Coles AM
Mr Bruce Fink
Dr Ian Frazer AC & Mrs Caroline Frazer
Ann Gamble Myer
Daniel & Helen Gauchat
Dr Edward C. Gray
John Grill & Rosie Williams
Kimberley Holden
Angus & Sarah James
Di Jameson
Miss Nancy Kimpton
Elmer Funke Kupper
Liz & Walter Lewin
Andrew Low
Anthony & Suzanne Maple-Brown
Jim & Averill Minto
John & Anne Murphy
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
Professor Richard Yeo
Peter Young AM & Susan Young
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Direttore$5,000 - $9,999

The Abercrombie Family Foundation
Geoff Ainsworth & Jo Featherstone
Geoff Alder
Peter Atkinson
Will & Dorothy Bailey Charitable Gift
Veronika & Joseph Butta
John & Lynnly Chalk
Caroline & Robert Clemente
Caroline & Robert Clemente
Darrel & Leith Conybeare
Mrs Janet Cooke
Suellen Enestrom
Bridget Faye AM
Angelos & Rebecca Frangopoulos
A G Froggatt
Kay Giorgetta
Colin Golvan QC
Louise Gourlay OAM
Warren Green
Tony & Michelle Grist
Liz Harbison
Kerry Harmanis
Dr John Harvey AO & Mrs Yvonne Harvey
Annie Hawker
Insurance Group Australia Limited
I Kallinikos
John Kench
Key Foundation
Anthony & Sharon Lee Foundation
Mrs Judy Lee
Lorraine Logan
Macquarie Group Foundation
David Maloney & Erin Flaherty
Julianne Maxwell
Pam & Ian McDougall
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
St George Foundation
Jon & Caro Stewart
Alden Toevs & Judi Wolf
Geoff Weir
Westpac Group
Simon & Amanda Whiston
Shemara Wikramanayake
Cameron Williams
Hamilton Wilson
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Maestro$2,500 - $4,999

Jennifer Aaron
David & Rae Allen
DG & AR Battersby
Beeren Foundation
Mr & Mrs Daniel Besen
Rosemary & Julian Block
Jenny Bryant
Neil & Jane Burley
The Hon Alex Chernov AC QC & Mrs Elizabeth Chernov
Carol & Andrew Crawford
Heather Douglas
Anne & Tom Dowling
Maggie Drummond
Michele Duncan
John Gandel AO & Pauline Gandel
Robert & Jennifer Gavshon
Cass George
Nereda Hanlon & Michael Hanlon AM
Peter & Helen Hearl
Simon & Katrina Holmes à Court
Erica Jacobson
Ros Johnson
Peter Lovell
The Alexandra & Lloyd Martin Family Foundation
Jennifer Senior & Jenny McGee
Jane Morley
Nola Nettheim
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
Ralph Ward-Ambler AM & Barbara Ward-Ambler
Richard & Suzie White
Dr Mark & Mrs Anna Yates
William & Anna Yuille
Anonymous (5)

Virtuoso$1,000 - $2,499

Annette Adair
Linda Addy
Barbara Allan
Samantha & Aris Allegos
Jane Allen
Andrew Andersons
Philip Bacon AM
Lyn Baker & John Bevan
Adrienne Basser
Justice Annabelle Bennett AO
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
Gerard Byrne & Donna O'Sullivan
Dr Ivan Camens
Andrew & Cathy Cameron
Terry Campbell AO & Christine Campbell
Ray Carless & Jill Keyte
Patrick Charles
Peter Clifton
Angela & John Compton
Brooke & Jim Copland
R & J Corney
Judith Crompton
John Curotta
Ian Davis & Sandrine Barouh
Michael & Wendy Davis
Martin Dolan
Dr William F Downey
Daniel Droga
Pamela Duncan
Emeritus Professor Dexter Dunphy AM
Sharon Ellies
Dr Linda English
Peter Evans
Julie Ewington
Helen Elizabeth Fairfax
Elizabeth Finnegan
Michael Fogarty
Don & Marie Forrest
Justin & Anne Gardener
M Generowicz
Brian Goddard
Kathryn Greiner AO
In memory of Jose Gutierrez
Paul Hannan
Jennifer Hershon
Lachie Hill
Christian Holle
Christopher Holmes
Michael Horsburgh AM & Beverley Horsburgh
Carrie & Stanley Howard
Merilyn & David Howorth
Penelope Hughes
Professor Andrea Hull AO
Sue Hunt
Launa & Howard Inman
John Griffiths & Beth Jackson
Owen James
Anthony Jones & Julian Liga
Brian Jones
Bronwen L Jones
Mrs Angela Karpin
Josephine Key & Ian Breden
Julia Pincus & Ian Learmonth
Airdrie Lloyd
Gabriel Lopata
Colin Loveday
Robin Lumley
Diana Lungren
Garth Mansfield OAM and Margaret Mansfield OAM
Mr & Mrs Greg & Jan Marsh
Massel Australia Pty Ltd
David Mathlin
Janet Matton
Jane Tham & Philip Maxwell
Karissa Mayo
Kevin & Deidre McCann
Nicholas McDonald
Ian & Pam McGaw
Colin McKeith
Bruce McWilliam
Helen & Phil Meddings
Michelle Mitchell
Glenn Murcutt AO
Stuart Nash
Anthony Niardone & Glen Hunter
Barry Novy and Susan Selwyn
Paul O'Donnell
L Parsonage
Prof David Penington AC
GV Pincus
Lady Primrose Potter AC
Mark Renehan
Dr S M Richards AM & Mrs M R Richards
Em Prof A W Roberts AM
Julia Champtaloup & Andrew Rothery
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
Mark Stanbridge
Harley Wright & Alida Stanley
Ross Steele AM
In memory of Dr Warwick Steele
Caroline Storch
Andrew Strauss
Charles Su & Emily Lo
Tamas & Joanna Szabo
David & Judy Taylor
Susan Thacore
Anne Tonkin
Matthew Toohey
Ngaire Turner
Kay Vernon
Rebecca & Neil Warburton
John Wardle
Marion W Wells
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 Pat Burke
Hugh Burton Taylor
Alberto Calderon-Zuleta
Heather Carmody
Jessica Carvell
Angela & Fred Chaney
Colleen & Michael Chesterman
Richard & Elizabeth Chisholm
Stephen Chivers
ClearFresh Water
Paul Cochrane
Spire Capital
P Cornwell & Cecilia Rice
Annabel Crabb
John & Gay Cruikshank
Marie Dalziel
Mari Davis
Mrs Sandra Dent
In Memory of Raymond Dudley
Margaret Dunstan
M T & R L Elford
Leigh Emmett
Christine Evans
Carol Farlow
Penelope & Susan Field
Jean Finnegan & Peter Kerr
Jessica Fletcher
Peter Fredricson
Steve Frisken
Sam Gazal
Paul Gibson & Gabrielle Curtin
Marilyn & Max Gosling
Jillian Gower
Paul Greenfield & Kerin Brown
Kevin Gummer and Paul Cummins
Hamiltons Commercial Interiors
Lesley Harland
Sandra Haslam
Gaye Headlam
Kingsley Herbert
Dr Penny Herbert in memory of Dunstan Herbert
Dr Marian Hill
Sue & David Hobbs
Chloe Hooper
Bee Hopkins
Dr & Mrs Michael Hunter
Margaret & Vernon Ireland
Robert & Margaret Jackson
Barry Johnson & Davina Johnson OAM
Caroline Jones
Bruce & Natalie Kellett
Graham Kemp & Heather Nobbs
Jacqueline & Anthony Kerwick
Lionel & Judy King
Prof Kerry Landman
Genevieve Lansell
Kwong Lee Dow
Andrew & Kate Lister
Ranjeny and John Loneragan
Dimitra Loupasakis
Megan Lowe
Rob Mactier
Dr & Mrs Donald Maxwell
Kathleen McFarlane
H and R McGlashan
JA McKernan
Peter and Ruth McMullin
Louise Miller
Marie Morton
Justine Munsie and Rick Kalowski
Elizabeth Manning Murphy
G & A Nelson
Graham North
John O'Sullivan
Robin Offler
Willy & Mimi Packer
Anne & Christopher Page
Robin Pease
Elizabeth Pender
Kevin Phillips
Miss F V Pidgeon AM
Michael Power
John Prendiville
Beverly & Ian Pryer
Jennifer Rankin
John Riedl
Angela Roberts
Sally Rossi-Ford
Robin Rowe
Mrs J Royle
Christine Salter
Garry E Scarf & Morgie Blaxill
Carol Schwartz AM & Alan Schwartz AM
Rena Shein
The Sherman Foundation
Florine Simon
Casimir Skillecorn
Fionna Stack
Georgina Summerhayes
In memory of Dr Aubrey Sweet
Gabrielle Tagg
Simon Thornton
Peter & Karen Tompkins
TWF Slee & Lee Chartered Accountants
Dr Ed & Mrs Julie van Beem
Denise Wadley
Joy Wearne
GC & R Weir
Taryn Williams
Sally Willis
Sir Robert Woods CBE
Mr Hugh Wyndham
Brian Zulaikha
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