Crashendo - East Gippsland

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CRASHENDO! East Gippsland is a community-initiated and operated music and social development program, based on El Sistema (Venezuela) a worldwide 40+ year network.

Programs provide free high quality instrumental tuition, community orchestra, professional development, performances and unique collaborative events. This improves educational and social outcomes for children, youth, their parents and the wider community. Some programs give focussed support for those who are experiencing challenges in their lives. . 


  • Early Years - Professional Development opportunities including an instrument library with associated lesson plans
  • Pre-orchestral and instrumental music programs for primary school aged children
  • Youth(ful) Orchestra weekly rehearsals plus regular performances (all ages and skill levels)
  • Youth Strings Extension Program - collaboration with Itet-John Noble's Quartet Program
  • Unique Events - one-off or annual including: July school holiday program, side by side workshops and performances with visiting professional musicians and local orchestras/bands, collaboration with Quasitrad Music for folk music festival 
  • Talent Attraction program - to attract skilled personnel to the area and training/mentoring for local youth, to fulfil skills shortage 
  • Other events as they arise. 

Some activities particularly support those experiencing adversity.All programs operate in East Gippsland, a regional area of Victoria.

We have a band of young and adult volunteers, from 14 – 80+ years, who support us musically and administratively.

Please see our Sponsors Page to understand the breadth of philanthropic, government, community and business support. 


We value:

  1. High Quality: learning and outcomes/performance and quality tutors 
  2. Connectivity/collaboration: with international and national El Sistema organisations; with community, stakeholders. Forming partnerships both musical and financial 
  3. Engagement: participants engagement within our program and the program’s engagement within the wider community. 
  4. Inclusivity: both within families and community through what we do and within CRASHENDO! itself through working well together 
  5. Resilience: We build resilience in our participants. As an organisation we bounce back, we find a way forward, we are positive. 
  6. Growth: both personal growth for our participants and expansion for CRASHENDO!, in order to give opportunities to more people. 


Co-ordinators: Hilary Rigg & Daniel Clarke
Early Years Program Leader: Rachel Gilliland
Orchestra Program Leader: Hilary Rigg
Itet Program Leader: Andrea Fail, Kieran Brown
Social Media: Carlia Van Hoorn  


  • Lunette Newman (Wind instruments) 
  • Sarah Caddie (Wind instruments) 
  • Ally Orr (Strings) 
  • Hilary Rigg (Strings) 
  • Kieran Brown (Strings) 
  • Marianne Rothschild (Strings) 


President:  Maureen Plunkett
Vice-President: Anne Schmidli
Treasurer:  Jonathon McPherson
Secretary: Fiona Venables
Committee Members:  Judy-Anne Alexander - Andrea Fail - Kieran Brown

Maureen Hickling
Andrea Fail

With special thanks to:
Paul Mlynarz at Bairnsdale Web Design
The Hub Bairnsdale
New World Computers
Karen McPherson at Right Relations

Would you like to get involved with Crashendo?
See our current Job Opportunities and Volunteer Opportunities pages for more information, or donate to Crashendo here. 

Crashendo - improving the life of people through music
Inc Assoc. A0059145H

Donations over $2 are tax deductible 

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