WASO wins Excellence in Music Education Award

Winners have been announced across 11 national categories and eight state categories of the 2019 Art Music Awards.

WASO wins Excellence in Music Education Award

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The Art-Music Awards is the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements and creative successes of Australian composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary classical music, jazz and experimental music. 
Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the winners in 2019 include some of Australia’s most innovative artists, and organisations with a long-term commitment to Australian art music. 

West Australian Symphony Orchestra's Crescendo program received the award for Excellence in Music Education, while Carl Vine’s composition Implacable Gifts (Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra) which was commissioned and premiered by WASO, won Orchestral Work of the Year.

“Its an honour to be recognised nationally in these awards for the two major pillars that contribute to our mission – artistic excellence and community engagement.” – Mark Coughlan, Chief Executive Officer, West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Created by WASO in 2014, inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema, Crescendo now reaches more than 400 students in Kwinana. WASO is the only major performing arts company in the state working with Principals and school communities to deliver free, ongoing and regular music education programs in schools. The program currently provides weekly classroom music lessons to all students from Pre-Primary to Year Five at two Kwinana Primary Schools – Medina and North Parmelia.

By 2020 WASO aims to provide music lessons to every student in every year level at these two schools and to work with the Kwinana community to provide them with opportunities to develop confidence, resilience, emotional and social wellbeing. Staff and parents from both schools have reported on improved concentration, self-confidence, behaviour and enthusiasm for learning.


The newly-titled Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors) was presented to experimental jazz trio The Necks, the first band to receive this honour. With a career spanning three decades, the trio has carved out a unique space in the music scene, walking the line between avant-garde, improvisation and minimalism while still paying respect to jazz.

The winner of the award for Excellence by an Individual was Lyn Williams for her significant contribution to the creation and performance of choral music in Australia. Over 30 years, Lyn has transformed the choral landscape in Australia through the establishment of world-renowned  children’s choirs including Sydney Children’s Choir and Gondwana Voices.

Zephyr Quartet received the award for Excellence by an Organisationin recognition of their 2018 program which defied genre, style and expectation, as well as their fearless championing of Australian work over 20 years. 

AMPAG congratulates all the 2019 Art Music Awards winners on their outstanding achievements.

The full list of 2019 ART MUSIC AWARD  winners can be found HERE

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