Ben Ingvarson

Accelerando Nominations Now Open

Gifted and talented young musicians who attend Government schools are invited to nominate for the new ACCELERANDO program at Melbourne Recital Centre.

ACCELERANDO is a three-year program (from 2015-2017). 2017 is the final year of this current program. Selected participants in 2017 will be Year 10 students, to help prepare them for a career in music performance or a related field.

With a commitment to excellence, Melbourne Recital Centre seeks to encourage and inspire the next generation of musicians through ACCELERANDO. Gifted and talented students who currently have barriers preventing them from progression to the next level of excellence in music will have an opportunity to gain a place in this funded program to work in collaboration with Australia’s premier music facility.

Passionate and committed students with an advanced musical ability, skill or talent on a solo instrument or voice, and who possess a desire to follow a career in the music profession may nominate for this program. The intake for this program in 2017 will be limited to four students from Melbourne’s metropolitan regions. Each gifted musician will receive a tailored learning program to support their music performance skill development.

ACCELERANDO will provide students with access to the highest quality resources and technology, direct contact with industry professionals, access to outstanding performances, involvement and participation in writing courses, education events and competitions, and opportunities to learn in state-of-the-art acoustic spaces. Students who are interested in nominating for this program will need the written permission and endorsement of their Parent or Guardian, Music teacher, School Principal, and Regional Instrumental Music Coordinator.

Please note this program is fully funded and there will be no cost to students offered a place in this program. ACCELERANDO participants will be required to consent to photography and /or videography for the evaluation and promotion of the program.

The selection process for this program will close strictly at 5.30 p.m. on Friday 10 March 2017.

Melbourne Recital Centre acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program, the Sentinel Foundation and Betty Amsden AO. 

Program Details

ACCELERANDO participants will be offered exclusive access to a range of opportunities, including:
• Mentorship of student’s instrumental or vocal performance skill development
• Private masterclasses
• Rehearsal observation
• Behind the scenes tours
• Introduction to technical and operational roles
• Concert tickets including the Great Performers, Local Heroes and Mostly Mozart series

Time Commitment

Students will be expected to commit to the full annual program. Each participant’s learning plan will be tailored to suit the student’s respective school commitments. Some evenings, weekend and school holiday hours will be required.

Selection Process

Students will be selected by the respective Instrumental Music Coordinator for their school region within metropolitan Melbourne (except for South Western region – Melbourne Recital Centre will fulfil this role). Program participants will be chosen on merit at the discretion of the Regional Instrumental Music Coordinators and Melbourne Recital Centre. No discussion will be entered into following the final selection of four students. Melbourne Recital Centre will not accept nominations directly from students.

Nominations should be sent directly by email to the appropriate Regional Instrumental Music Coordinator:

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South Eastern region –
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Nominations must be received no later than 5.30 p.m. on Friday 10 March 2017.