Pizzicato Effect

Accessible Programming

The MSO proactively engages with diverse communities throughout Victoria.We believe that regardless of cultural background, gender, age or ability, and regardless of where they live or what they earn, all Victorians are entitled to engage with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and see themselves reflected in our cultural offerings and programming.

The Pizzicato Effect

MSO’s flagship community music program with a strong focus on access and social inclusion. This program involves 20 schools in the City of Hume region, with free music tuition to 70 children (aged 8-16), representing 12 different cultures and 14 different language groups.

PizzIMMERSION 2018–2020

This program is supported by the Department of Education and Training Victoria through the Strategic Partnerships Program. It involves professional development for generalist classroom teachers to integrate The Pizzicato Effect strategies into the classroom, with a range of digital resources available to support staff.

Access Initiatives

  • Movement workshops with for young dancers with Down Syndrome through e.motion21
  • Hands-on, tactile post-concert experiences for vision-impaired children to connect with instruments of the orchestra
  • Large print concert information sheets available for vision-impaired audience members
  • Companion Cards – 575 complimentary tickets issued to carers of people with disabilities in 2017
  • 32 Auslan-supported Jams for Juniors workshops delivered in 2017
  • Arts Access Professional Development MSO staff members with Arts Access Victoria

Relaxed Performances

On 8 April 2017 MSO presented Pixar in Concert which was adapted to reduce the possibility of anxiety and discomfort. Our relaxed performance included: brighter venue lighting, modified repertoire to keep unexpected and loud noises to a minimum, and welcomed audience movement during the performance with breakout spaces offered for people to use at their discretion


A free-to-join program that offers discount tickets and exclusive offers for young people between 18–35 years. In 2017 we had 5,239 MUSO members, with 1,681 tickets purchased by these members across 26 performances.

Student offers

MSO currently offer student discounts, with a student membership program commencing in 2019.

Free Concerts

  • Annual Sidney Myer Music Bowl series; 68,523 people attended in 2017.

  • Secret Symphony program takes free classical music to unexpected locations in the CBD for pop up performances. Previous locations have included the Melbourne Aquarium, Platform One (under Flinders Street Station) and Melbourne City Baths, with concerts promoted exclusively through social media in the days before the event.