NATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

 

"I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is that this world-class group manages to visit regional areas like ours, as we never get to hear such top class playing as this." Teacher, Albany WA

We believe that music education is a basic right for every child. The research is done and the results are clear: music education is important not only because it is an enjoyable subject that can enrich children’s lives but because it offers benefits way beyond itself.

Music helps children develop language and reasoning; it helps them learn and memorise; it assists hand-eye coordination, pattern recognition and spatial intelligence; music keeps children engaged with learning and galvanises self-confidence, risk-taking, curiosity and emotional development.

The ACO’s National Education Program offers a unique depth of engagement for all those involved, offering access to our amazing musicians and working closely with the different communities we are involved with, to make sure they are having as much impact as possible.

Our programs are for:

Students in low socio-economic areas
Following the success of our Strings program at Soldiers’ Settlement Public School in Matraville (delivered in partnership with the Australian Children’s Music Foundation) we have started a new instrumental program at St Marys North Public School. Learning an instrument helps young children to develop the fundamental skills they need to learn and opens up a whole new world of possibilities for their future.

In the ACO’s unique Music & Art program, students learn about the concepts of music in a fun and accessible way, and teachers receive vital professional development from our musicians and education team.

Young Indigenous Students
ACO Inspire Quartet members regularly visit Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville. They also travel to Cairns each year to work with the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir at their camp and to visit Djarragun College, a school for predominantly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Gordonvale, where they run ACO Music & Art classes and perform for the students.

Young People with Disability
For five years, ACO Move has provided a series of music and movement workshops for young people with disability at our Sydney Studio and Sydney Opera House. In 2017, we take the program to Arts Centre Melbourne for the first time.

Children in Hospital
Members of the ACO Inspire Quartet visit The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne several times a year to deliver workshops with the RCH Education Institute, creating new songs with teachers and patients and performing together at the hospital.

Music Students at the Top of their Game
Every year a group of talented young players is selected from their YouTube audition videos to take part in ACO Academy. This week-long intensive program immerses these young people in life as part of the ACO, with workshops, rehearsals and mentoring - all culminating in a special public performance, where they play alongside their heroes from the ACO. Led by Aiko Goto, ACO Academy has become a highlight of our year.

Students and Their Families in Regional Australia
Every time ACO Collective hits the road to tour regional Australia, they can be found delivering string workshops and schools’ concerts for the children in those communities.

From Bunbury to Cairns, Warnambool to Bellingen, they bring inspiration and new skills to young musicians who live far from the metropolitan centres.

Australia's Next Great Players
Each year, the country’s finest young string players audition to be part of the ACO’s Emerging Artists’ Program. Seven are selected to join us for a year as part of ACO Collective, led by Pekka Kuusisto. Each player is mentored by a member of the ACO and gets to experience first-hand life as a professional musician. ACO musicians Glenn Christensen, Liisa Pallandi and Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba are all alumni of the Emerging Artists’ Program, testament to its lasting value and impact.

Your donation will help us continue to bring the music you are passionate about to young people all over Australia, helping us to make a real difference to their lives, opening their eyes and ears to the world of classical music and their minds to new ways of thinking.

From all of us here at the ACO, and the many young people around Australia who take part in our programs, thank you so much for your support.

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 & Mrs 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
In Memory of Lady Maureen Schubert - Marie Louise Theile & Felicity Sc
Margie Seale & David Hardy
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
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Direttore$5,000 - $9,999

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

Jennifer Aaron
Annette Adair
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
Caroline & Robert Clemente
Carol & Andrew Crawford
Anne & Tom Dowling
Ari & Lisa Droga
Maggie and Lachlan Drummond
Cass George
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Ros Johnson
Peter Lovell
Jennifer Senior & Jenny McGee
Jane Morley
Nola Nettheim
Jenny Nicol
OneVentures
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Mrs Tiffany Rensen
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Howard & Hilary Stack
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Susan Thacore
Nicky Tindill
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Westpac Group
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Virtuoso$1,000 - $2,499

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 Emeritus 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
Judy Lynch
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
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Helen & Phil Meddings
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GV Pincus
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Julia Champtaloup & Andrew Rothery
Richard & Sandra Royle
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In Memory of H. St. P. Scarlett
Lucille Seale
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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
Rob & Kyrenia Thomas
Ngaire Turner
Kay Vernon
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M White
Lee Wright
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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
Lynne and Max 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
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Sally Collier
P Cornwell & Cecilia Rice
Annabel Crabb
Nevarc Inc.
John & Gay Cruikshank
Sharlene & Steve Dadd
Marie Dalziel
Mari Davis
Mrs Sandra Dent
Jennifer Douglas
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
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Hamiltons Commercial Interiors
Lesley Harland
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Chloe Hooper
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Margaret & Vernon Ireland
Robert & Margaret Jackson
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Caroline Jones
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Angela Roberts
Mrs J Royle
Trish & Richard Ryan AO
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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Denise Wadley
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GC & R Weir
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Sir Robert Woods CBE
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