The Sydney University Symphony Orchestra, originally known as the Pro Musica Orchestra, was founded in 1948 by Donald Peart. It is now one of the most established performing arts societies at The University of Sydney. The orchestra consists of over 70 students from all faculties and campuses of the university including the Conservatorium. In addition to our rehearsal and performance schedule we organise regular social events, including barbeques, dinners and Thai lunches, which provide members with many opportunities to make friends and enjoy university life. Our concert season features four concerts each year and our home venue is the Great Hall in the university's grand neo-gothic Quadrangle.
Over the years SUSO has been led by many prominent conductors including Eric Gross, Peter Platt, Ben Macpherson, Nicholas Routley, Colin Piper and George Ellis. Through a longstanding connection with the university’s Arts Music Unit the orchestra has performed works by prominent Australian composers including Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Matthew Hindson.
The orchestra is part of the University of Sydney Union’s Clubs & Societies programme and is run by an eleven-member student committee. In the last few years we’ve performed a varied programme including works by Beethoven, Mahler, Gershwin, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvořák and Rojas. Highlights include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Orff’s Carmina Burana with SUMS, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Kathryn Selby, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”), Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with Vivien Jeffery, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 with the UNSW Orchestra.
Our principal conductor is Luke Spicer, who debuted with the orchestra in 2013. Luke is a passionate young conductor who also performs on viola with Opera Australia and the Tasmanian Symphony. He is guest conductor of The Metropolitan Orchestra and in 2015 he made his operatic conducting debut with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for the Spectrum Now festival.
SUSO is run by an eleven person committee, elected each year at the society’s AGM. Any member of the society may run for a position. Our 2016 committee is: