The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust was founded in 2013 as a way to make stringed instrument music tuition more accessible to rangatahi. Inclusive music programmes were designed to build confidence and foster excellence through innovative teaching practices which elevate the role of group music-making and goal setting.
The Virtuoso Strings Charitable Trust seeks to create a thriving and supportive environment which nurtures the talent of all young students, helping them develop strong peer and community connections and build an enduring sense of self-worth. Their vision is for every orchestra in the country to become an authentic reflection of the socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic diversity of Aotearoa.
Our mission is to generate social benefit through accessible, inclusive, and holistic music education programmes.
Tuition and orchestral scholarships are available for students with (a) low socio-economic status, (b) refugee backgrounds, (c) Māori ancestry, (d) indigenous Pacific origins, or (e) disability.
The Virtuoso Strings Orchestra, based in Porirua is open to all young people from the wider Wellington region.