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The Goulburn String Project

Anita CollinsMay we introduce you Dr Anita Collins who is working with The GRC on a very special venture called the "Goulburn Strings Project".

You can find more info at Anita Collins' page!

Research tells us that music education can change the futures of disadvantaged children in so many different ways.

The Goulburn strings project, a collaboration between the University of Canberra, Goulburn Regional Conservatorium and Goulburn Public School is a beginner string program for Grade 2 and 3 students at Goulburn Public School. The project aims to address the issue of access and equity in the area of music education for students in a regional school with several unique challenges. 

Children become engaged and confident at school, getting along better with peers and teachers, while making significant improvements in their reading, writing and maths skills. All of these benefits lead to new opportunities for their futures.

At a Goulburn primary school, there are a group of children who have had limited access to these benefits, but that is all about to end. We need your support.

The Goulburn Strings Project wants to keep the program going and make it better. Instead of 25 children sharing 5 violins, playing for half an hour a week and not being able to practise at home, we want 50 children to each have a violin and to learn and play their instruments every day. 

The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation have generously supported the project with a $25,000 grant and The Vivaldi Strings Shop in Sydney has generously donated 50 violins worth $15,000 to the project. Now we need money for a teacher and some extra equipment.

August 2014 - The instruments have arrived in Goulburn and they look fantastic! Many thanks again to Vincent Allan of his generous donation. We have also had an unexpected and wonderful donation of 19 violins and cellos from Rasa Daukus from UC Music.

IMG 0755In 2015 we are very excited to welcome virtuoso violinist Kirsten Williams (Associate Concert Master SSO) to the Strings Program. Kirsten has been Patron of the program since its inception, and in an exciting move, now steps in to play an active role as tutor for the 2015 Year Two class!


The Goulburn Concerto

As a special event, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's Meet the Music concert has been dedicated entirely to the performance of a work called “ The Goulburn Concerto" on April 5 at 10am. This work is one of the first of its kind in the world, expressly written for professional musicians to perform alongside, and as equal members, with young disadvantaged children from Goulburn who have only been playing their instruments for 2 years. This amazing work will also feature as violin soloist the highly experienced Associate Concert Master of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Kirsten Williams. The concert is free and will be attended by school children from Goulburn,  the Goulburn Region, Canberra and very importantly, parents of the Goulburn young musicians, most of whom  will have never stepped inside a concert hall.

Concerto scoreThis work has been composed by a world renowned Australian composer Sean O’Boyle AO and will be premiered in the U.S. later this year by three professional orchestras and include young disadvantaged musicians from areas such as LA, New York and Chicago. The work bares the name of the city and children that inspired it and is dedicated to the Canberra Symphony Orchestra who have made significant contribution to the commissioning fee, providing professional musicians and general supporting this innovative idea to creating effective links between professional arts organisations, Canberra's community and extending out to the regional areas that are so integral to the nation's capital. The entire project has emerged from the innovative Goulburn Strings Project under the direction of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium.


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View an excerpt of the performance!



On the 9th of March 2016, Member for Goulburn the Honerable Pru Goward adressed parliament to speak about the project and what it means for the children involved, the wider Goulburn Community and the future of how we approach music education.

Read the transcript


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