MPA Youth Programs Snapshot

The following table provides a snapshot of AMPAG’s youth programs. It is not exhaustive, but gives some idea of the depth and breadth our members’ offerings — which range in character from youth ambassadorships and work experience programs to award-winning drama programs and circus skills workshops — and in duration from pre-performance workshops to year-long programs.

MPA Youth Programs Snapshot





PROGRAM’S AIM & Web link


West Australian Opera

WAO Youth Ambassador Program

Opera youth ambassador program open to all secondary students in Years 9 to 12. Students spend a year engaging with WAO discovering the multiple layers of a professional opera company, including workshops, backstage secrets and meeting artists.

Through this immersive experience students will be exposed to a fresh learning experience outside a school environment, introducing them to professional working practices and ideally instilling a lifelong love of arts and culture.


Opera Australia

Schools Tour Program

Regional Vocal Scholarship (formerly Regional Student Scholarship)

The Opera Australia Schools Touring team have delivered performances to more than 1.4 million students nationally since its commencement in 2000.

Opera Australia’s Schools Tour program will extend its reach to over 55,000 school children in NSW and Victoria this year.

An essential part of the Tour. OA’s AUSLAN Shadow Interpreting program will bring an accessible version of the performance to NSW schools with Deaf and hard of hearing audiences this year.

The scholarship program gives high school students from regional areas the opportunity to develop their musical training with some of Australia’s leading industry professionals.

Providing new opportunities for thousands of young students to experience and enjoy the magic of opera remains a key commitment for the company with numerous studies showing the remarkable impact that live music and performance has on childhood learning and development.

The program aims to foster a love of music for young Australians and to provide access to one of its most expressive forms – opera.


Victorian Opera

Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE)

An extension of VO’s Education and Youth Opera programs, the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) provides weekly training and performances for classically trained singers aged 13­–20. The 2019 cohort is the biggest since its inception

The chorus focuses almost exclusively on dramatic works sung in various languages with a heavy emphasis applied to the delivery of text and expression of dramatic intent and movement.

VOYCE regularly works with professional singers, directors and repetiteurs.


Opera Queensland

Youth Workshops

Youth Solo Vocal and Choral workshops are offered to vocalists in years 7 to 12.

OA offers a variety of youth workshops to develop existing skills for vocal students, choral singers, and experienced soloists


State Opera South Australia

State Opera Winter School

The Opera Effect

Work experience

The inaugural State Opera Winter School is open to senior secondary and tertiary students who have a passion for singing and acting on the stage. The School combines high level performing arts tuition with an emphasis on developing stage skills and ensemble skills.

The Opera Effect: seeks to engage secondary school students with the opera by giving students access to industry and professional opportunities.

SOSA also offers a week of hands-on experience for secondary and tertiary students.

The School aims to provide strong foundational learning around the craft of opera and includes valuable performance experience alongside professional opera singers as part of the program. Winter School graduates will emerge from the program having learned from, and been mentored by, working artists at the top of their profession.



Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Young Ambassadors Program

Two ambassadors represent young people in each of three age brackets: the primary, secondary and late teen/early twenties. Across the year, the Young Ambassadors attend concerts, rehearsals and community events.

Director of Education and Community Engagement Linda Lorenza was determined to establish a connection between young people and not only the musicians, but also the administrative staff and broader community of the Sydney Symphony. She sees the web of connections as essential to growing new audiences and nurturing current and future musicians, as well as building the next generations of arts supporters.


Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

The Advocates

ASO Advocates are a group 18–30 year olds empowered to represent the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. They work together over the course of the year to drive and inspire engagement with orchestral music and the arts.

Advocates gain an understanding of what it takes for the organisation to operate and how important their support and the support of others is for orchestras. Once the year is over they become alumni of the program and remain engaged with the ASO.


Australian Chamber Orchestra

The ACO offers a pathway for students to progress through various programs to eventually play with the ACO.

Five students from the ACO Academy program have becomeEmerging Artists, and five Emerging Artists have won playing positions with the ACO. Many Emerging Artists alumni regularly play with the education quartet,ACO Inspire.

The ACO established the Emerging Artist program with the aim of connecting upcoming generations of talented Australian string players with the professional members of the ACO.

Advocate members do not need a background in music. Many members join to contribute and help make a difference to the future of the orchestra.

The 2019 cohort of eight Emerging Artists for 2019 is the largest in the program’s 12-year history.


Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Prodigy Project

The Prodigy Project engages, challenges and inspires young musicians in their development of advanced performance and skills development. Up to 20 advanced level young instrumental students are selected through an audition process and receive mentoring sessions with QSO musicians, participate in the rehearsal process and backstage activities and then perform as an honorary member of the QSO in a public concert.

Apart from developing advanced performance and skills in young musicians Orchestra’s Prodigy Project also builds a deeper connection between QSO and regional venues and provides a shared education initiative. The success of this project is seen in the expansion of the five years it has been running and the repeat projects being funded by regional venues and QSO’s generous sponsors


West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The Composition Project

Young and emerging Western Australian composers have the opportunity to develop their skills in a professional orchestral environment. Participants are mentored over a four month period by both the Artistic Director James Ledger and WASO musicians.

The Composition Project is one of the WASO’s most enduring and successful programs. Previous participants have gained placement in national and international composition programs, post-graduate studies and secured professional commissions and residencies.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

MSO – AYO String Fellowships

MSO – MYO Partnership

Master of Music (Orchestral Performance)

MSO String Fellowships for members of the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) involve an intensive week of one-on-one coaching between MSO mentors and AYO fellowship recipients, concerto and excerpt workshops and professional development sessions aimed at developing the skills and knowledge needed for young musicians entering the life of a professional orchestra.

MSO works in partnership with Melbourne Youth Orchestras (MYO) offering mutual support for the development of young talent.

The first qualification of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, this two-year Master of Music (Orchestral Performance) will be delivered by Melbourne University and MSO.

MSO is proud to partner with leading educational institutions to support the next generation of musical talent.

In addition to developing elite-level performance skills, young musicians will be able to manage their professional lives and understand what it takes physically and mentally to sustain a career.


Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Education program

TSO’s education program caters to students at all levels: early learning, primary,secondary andtertiary. Students with musical aptitude are offered a further range of opportunities including the chance to perform with the orchestra and to work with TSO musicians in performance workshops

The TSO is proud to provide an education program that caters for creativity and supports composers from the classroom to the concert hall.


Musica Viva

Musica Viva in Schools

Professional development

MVA specialises in bringing the best nationally and internationally acclaimed performers direct to schools: interactive, dynamic and culturally diverse groups that perform a wide variety of musical styles. .

Musica Viva In Schools supports teachers in increasing their capacity to teach music in the classroom through a range of online and face-to-face PD opportunities.

Musica Viva In Schools has been bringing the very best live music to Australian schools for over 35 years and is one of the leading providers of music education in Australia. MVA reaches over 900 schools and 280,000 students per year.

MVA performances give students the opportunity to discover live music, in their own unique way.





Community workshops:

Schools’ performances:


Teachers’ Workshops

Intensive residencies with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary school-aged students - with a vison to inspire pride, kinship and cultural engagement.

Youth Program

Bangarra assists in dance training and development of secondary school students in New South Wales and Queensland.

As part of connection and care for Country, Bangarra conducts workshops for local communities.

An interactive in theatre experience for primary and secondary school students.

A designated performance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students.

A one-day workshop for teachers to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and develop ideas for classroom activities.

Bangarra’s Youth and Outreach programs focus on developing and nurturing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural leaders of the future.

Delivered across the country, through a diversity of workshops, special performances and projects, the programs also aim to generate creativity and share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture with the wider community.


Sydney Dance Company

Youth Ensemble

A year-long program aimed to extend and support young dancers aged between 15–18 years in their dance training. Coming from various dance studios, the group work together over three terms to form connections with others that share a similar curiosity and drive in contemporary dance.

Based on a similar framework to the Pre-Professional Year, the Youth Ensemble provides an important step for these young dancers to nurture their creativity and expand their experience of contemporary dance.


The Australian Ballet

Education programs

Education programs include workshops for pre-school, primary and secondary students, creative residencies and performances in schools. The Education team also deliver teacher professional development (designed for generalist and specialist teachers) across Australia.

Through their annual Regional Tour the Education team delivers vital dance programs around Australia, in regional and remote areas.


Queensland Ballet

Educational programs:

In-School workshops

QB Immersion Experie

The Ambassador Program for Practising Educators

High School Work Experience Residency (HSWER)

Developed in consultation with teachers, Queensland Ballet provide a year-long calendar of events and resources that offer school students insights and opportunities to learn, grow and have fun

The focus of Queensland Ballet’s educational experiences is to complement and enhance the teaching and learning currently taking place in classrooms around the world.

QB education and engagement programs aim to provide life-long learning experiences and access to ballet across the state.


West Australian Ballet

Education program:

Performance for schools

In-school activities

School excursions to WAB

Takes students on a journey of learning: students watch a live, professional, full-length production at His Majesty’s Theatre, learn direct from WAB’s teaching artists, or dive deep into understanding the processes involved in creating a dance work through a week-long residency at the students’ school.

Learning directly from highly-skilled teaching artists will inspire, engage, excite and challenge any misconceptions.



Malthouse Theatre

The Suitcase Series

Malthouse Prompt

The Suitcase Series has built a reputation as an exemplary student learning program which has enjoyed growing interest from a diverse range of schools across Victoria. Since its inception the program has won three Drama Victoria awards and more than doubled its reach.

Malthouse Prompt brings students and teachers together with experienced industry professionals. In 2019 an extensive range of productions, workshops and programs will be offered with the support of Victoria University.

The program is a recurrent example used by researchers and educators not just for its innovative approach to curriculum and participation, but also its use of theatre to explore Climate Change, one of the most important global issues facing young Victorians.

Prompt, Malthouse’s youth and education program, encourages young audiences and artists to engage deeply with all aspects of Malthouse’s work and hopes to provoke robust discussions, debate and reflections on the world around us.


Melbourne Theatre Company

MTC Ambassadors program

The year-long MTC Ambassadors program offers insight into the world of professional theatre.

This year’s group reflects the diverse range of young people from regional Victoria, who identify as Aboriginal, and who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

MTC Ambassadors act as youth representatives within the Company and as advocates for MTC and drama within their school and social communities


Queensland Theatre

Ensembles programs

Theatre Residency Week

Young Playwrights Award


During the year-long programs, participants will train with the country’s finest theatre professionals, see the pick of shows from the 2019 mainstage season, and engage in a variety of performance opportunities.

TRW is a week-long theatre camp for students (Years 9–12) in the September school holidays.

Queensland Theatre is committed to supporting and developing the work of talented young writers through the Young Playwrights’ Award.

Secondment opportunities are available for tertiary students who are enrolled in a work place learning subject

Queensland Theatre's Ensembles enable motivated, passionate and talented young artists to develop their skills at the State's flagship theatre company.


Sydney Theatre Company

Young Wharfies program

A 12-month student learning program for Year 11 Drama students — offers a range of workshops in acting, directing, theatre review, playwriting, technical theatre and set and costume design.

The program is a wonderful opportunity for Year 11 Drama students thinking about a career in Theatre and the Arts and attracts students from all sectors and across the Greater Sydney area.



The Young Belvoir Theatre Club

The Club provides Year 10, 11 and 12 students who have connected with Belvoir through schools, performances, workshops or work experience, the opportunity to deepen and extend their relationship with the company.

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Black Swan State Theatre Company

Youth ambassador programs

BSSTC runs two youth ambassador programs for Year 12 and tertiary students. Students are nominated in Year 12 by their drama educator. Tertiary student ambassadors will intern with the company.

Students in Year 12 have the opportunity to participate in a theatre enrichment program that offers experiences beyond the classroom and supports their passion in the arts.


State Theatre Company South Australia

Education program

Program includes daytime performances specifically for high school students, with a Q&A session with the cast.

Resources for teachers and a variety of workshop opportunities for students and teachers throughout the year.

STCSA’s Education Program is one of the country’s most successful, providing more than 11,500 students and teachers annually with the opportunity to experience word class live theatre.

Bell Shakespeare

Scholarships and subsidy programs:

Regional Access Programme

John Bell Scholarship

Regional Teacher


Sharing Shakespeare Subsidies

Work Experience

Regional Access Programme: Regional secondary students booked into seeMuch Ado About Nothing participate in 75 minute workshops prior to the production.

John Bell Scholarship: Open to students from regional schools across Australia. Three students will receive one week of training and ongoing mentorship from the company.

Regional Teacher Mentorship: 30 teachers from all over regional Australia will spend four days at Bell Shakespeare HQ followed by a year of mentoring.

Sharing Shakespeare: Subsidies are provided to schools challenged by financial, socioeconomic and geographic barriers, for a range of in-school programs.

Work Experience: offered to 12 students from around Australia.

John Bell founded Bell Shakespeare with the mission of making Shakespeare’s plays accessible to all Australians regardless of age, income or geographic location. With the support of generous sponsors and patrons, Bell Shakespeare are able to offer a variety of scholarship and subsidy programs.


Circus Oz

Koori Youth Circus

Broadmeadows Special Development School

Circus Oz and MAYSAR (Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sports and Recreation Co-operative) have partnered up to offer the Koori youth of Melbourne the opportunity to learn circus skills.

Circus Oz also works with Broadmeadows Special Developmental School to introduce circus skills to students aged 8–17.

Koori Youth Circus started as a pilot program in 2017 in which, through circus, young people will learn physical and performance skills, build confidence and develop relationships based on trust and teamwork in a safe, friendly and non-competitive environment

The Broadmeadows students are empowered to explore themselves and their abilities in an environment that celebrates each individual.



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