Community engagement: Case study 7: Orchestra Victoria

Orchestra Victoria's On The mOVe, Education Program evolved in response to a demonstrated and clearly articulated need from regional instrumental music teachers for contact with specialist professional musicians. Many gifted students do not reach their potential as musicians and discontinue learning their instrument due to lack of access to specialist teachers.

Community engagement: Case study 7: Orchestra Victoria

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On The mOVe commences with Orchestra Victoria musicians participating in an open rehearsal with the local community orchestra or band. Then, an intensive free 2-day orchestral workshop is held with secondary school music students who are tutored by OV's professional musicians. Students enhance their ensemble playing and instrumental techniques, as well as focusing on their chosen instrument in tutorials. All government and independent schools and private music teachers within a 100-kilometre radius of the regional centre are notified, and all secondary school music students at AMEB level 4 and above are eligible to apply.

The workshops culminate in a free community concert where students perform alongside 13 OV musicians. The program also includes free professional learning sessions for local music educators and conductors of community/school ensembles with the OV conductor and musicians.

Orchestra Victoria's activities provide a catalyst for bringing a wide range of community interests together. Education workshops teach and inspire young musicians, and build the capacity of local music educators and community musicians. Orchestra Victoria has established Advisory Groups in each region, comprising community, education and civic leaders.

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