MSO has made the difficult decision to conclude The Pizzicato Effect program in mid-August 2023.
Launched in 2009 ‘Pizzi’ has provided music education in the City of Hume at no cost to participants for up to 70 students each year. The program has provided a safe, positive, inspiring, fun, and high-aspiring learning environment that promotes engagement with school and community life.
The decision to conclude The Pizzicato Effect has not been made lightly. Increasingly, the program does not align with the MSO’s strategic goal to complement formal music learning—rather than be a provider of music education—and the MSO’s core purpose to be a state orchestra for all Victorians. Furthermore, like so many others, the MSO continues to face operational and financial challenges due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the ongoing impact of Australia’s rising cost of living. The Pizzicato Effect no longer receives adequate funding to cover the higher costs of delivery making the program’s continuation in the current economic environment impossible.
The MSO remains a passionate advocate for music education and will continue to support Victoria’s students and teachers through the MSO for Schools program of 10 concerts and open rehearsals in Melbourne, schools’ concerts in regional Victoria, free resources on the MSO Schools website, free concert livestreams, and travel and ticket subsidies.
The MSO extends its heartfelt gratitude to all those who have been part of the success of The Pizzicato Effect over the past 14 remarkable years including Meadows Primary School (who graciously opened their doors from the program's inception), and all the volunteers, supporters, donors, and funders whose generosity made the program possible.
A special tribute goes out to our exceptional Teaching Artists, whose unwavering passion and commitment has fostered an environment of safety, compassion, and growth for every Pizzi student. Their tireless efforts have not only nurtured the students’ musical talents but have also helped shape them into confident and resilient individuals.
Finally, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to the extraordinary students and their families who have embraced The Pizzicato Effect. It is through their dedication that this program has thrived, creating a vibrant community of young musicians who inspire us all.