WASO takes its commitment to Education & Community Engagement very seriously and our Reach Out fund supports programs that bring the joy of music to Western Australians that may otherwise not have access to it. Many of our Education & Community Engagement programs are the first or only of their kind in Western Australia and all donations to the Reach Out fund help us achieve our mission to touch souls and enrich lives through music.
Many people’s first musical experiences do not happen at a concert hall but rather in a community hall, at school or even on the radio. These first musical memories are powerful and WASO plays an integral role in helping foster a love for music that shapes and defines lives. Whether for a family in Onslow, a sick child in hospital, a first-time ticket buyer or a seasoned WASO subscriber, each experience can create moments of musical magic.
Our Hospital Orchestra Project (HOP) brings moments of joy to the lives of unwell children and their families at Princess Margaret Hospital. WASO musicians present a broad range of performances and participatory programs for children, as well as visit children on the wards six times a year. HOP has been running since 2008 in partnership with the School of Special Educational Needs: Medical and Mental Health with support from Starlight Foundation, who broadcast all performances on Starlight TV, helping us reach children who are unable to join us in the theatre.
Our Harmony Music Program also visits students with Special Educational Needs, providing young people and their carers with the opportunity to interact with the musicians and enjoy the performance in the comfort of their school environment. This program sees small WASO ensembles perform informal classroom presentations, share stories about life as a professional musician and introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra through interactive have-a-go sessions and performances of popular repertoire.
We deliver programs across the State and our Onslow Kids Music Education (OK ME!) program’s teaching artists visit Onslow Primary School in the North-West of WA for one week each school term. They teach students music using percussion instruments and instrument making in ensemble playing, movement and musical story telling.
WASO on the Road takes small chamber ensembles all over the state, from the Pilbara to the Great Southern region. WASO musicians present school performances, masterclasses and free community concerts in regional and remote locations across the vast state of Western Australia.
These programs represent only a small selection of WASO’s Education & Community Engagement activities. For further information about the breadth of our program, please see waso.com.au/education.
If you are interested in helping us create magical musical moments for children and families across the State and would like to Make a Donation to our Reach Out campaign, please call Executive Manager, Philanthropy, Alecia Benzie on 9326 0020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.