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Commissioning new music for community orchestras


Welcome to the
Victorian Community
Orchestra Project.

We are a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to bring composers and community orchestras together. We’ve already had one concert, which featured 8 orchestras all playing music composed or arranged just for them.

And we can’t wait to do it all again.

If you’d like to be a part of our next concert, please sign up below!

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So we know where to best host the concert!

Meet the Host and adjudicator!


The 2019 Project Gala Concert will be hosted by Brett Kelly. Principal trombone with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 1981, Brett Kelly is well renowned in Victoria's music community, having conducted and performed with orchestras and groups throughout Australia and New Zealand, including The Mozart Collection, Chambermade Opera, and the Symphony Orchestras of the majority of Australia's states and territories. Brett is also involved in Australia's youth music community, fostering young people's musical passions and developments through the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Australia Youth Orchestra. You can read more about Brett's achievements and involvements here.


The 2019 Project Gala Concert will be adjudicated by Andrian Pertout. In 2007, Andrian completed a PhD degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research Scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. Both before and since his academic achievements in 2007, Andrián’s music has received performances in almost 50 countries, including at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days 2005, 2007 and 2010 (Croatia, Hong Kong and Australia), 33e Festival d’Automne á Paris (Paris, France), and the 22nd, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th ACL Conference & Festival 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam). You can read more about Andrian's many accolades and experiences here.

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We are thrilled to have the support of Brett and Andrian for our inaugural event, and know their experience and knowledge is sure to deliver audiences and participants alike a wealth of insight at the 2019 VCO Project Gala Concert!

Meet the 2019 Winners!


Best Original Composition for Community Orchestra Award:
Matan Franco ’Anamnesis’

Best Arrangement for Community Orchestra Award:
Mark Viggiani ‘Of Tulips and Dragons from For Children by Bela Bartok’


Arrangement for Community Orchestra: Benjamin Bates ‘Grand Solo for Guitar
Op. 14 by Ferdinand Sor’

Original Composition for Community Orchestra:
Natalya Vagner ‘The Eagle Flight’