“The members of the AWO recognised that the education they received in Australia was the springboard to their success and they are keen to give back to the community through the AWO’s education programme.”
– Alexander Briger, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

The AWO is seeking education partners to help support their extensive education programmes consisting of:


The AWO Outreach Programme brings classical music experiences to young people who don’t have opportunities to engage with professional musicians.


The AWO is dedicated to inspiring our youth with a strong belief that stoking the fire of their passion for music will, potentially encourage them to pursue a career in the industry and continue the cycle of cultural enrichment that we are so passionate about ourselves.


AWO players mentor a select group of younger musicians, provide lessons, introductions to other teachers/musicians, rehearsal access, career guidance and support.

AWO Academy

The AWO Academy offers pre-professional players a place in the orchestra for an immersive orchestral experience, providing an invaluable opportunity for emerging musicians to attend rehearsals, receive side-by-side mentoring by AWO players, travel and tour with the orchestra and perform as a fully-fledged member of the orchestra.

Since 2011, we’re delighted to have provided this springboard to a number of young Australian players both within Australia and on international tours with the AWO. Many of these musicians have also been invited to return to play with the AWO in a professional capacity following their Academy season.

AWO Academy players include:


Sergio Insuasti, viola – Principal Viola, Sydney Youth Orchestra

Emily Newham, Horn, Australian National Academy of Music


Molly Collier-O’Boyle, viola – Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)

Sagar Nagaraj, violin – Willoughby Symphony Orchestra


Education collaboration with ANAM, all participating students experienced the AWO’s Academy programme


Jonathan Bekes, cello – returned 2017, 2018 & 2019 – Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Ben Messenger, horn – Melbourne Ring Orchestra

Jenna Smith, trumpet – Principal Trumpet 2017, Australian Youth Orchestra; Trumpet Fellowship Sydney Symphony Orchestra


Melina van Leeuwen, harp – Freelance; returning in 2019

Samuel Payne, cello – Australian Youth Orchestra; Sydney Symphony Orchestra


Katie Yap, viola – returned 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018


Sophia Ang, percussion – Taikoz; Moorambilla Voices 2018

Matthew Laing, viola – Freelance player and composer

Liisa Palandi, violin – Australian Chamber Orchestra

Adam Szabo, cello – returned 2016 – Melbourne Ring Orchestra; Manchester Collective


For more information on our Education Programmes visit our Education Page