The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, led by world-renowned conductor Associate Professor Richard Davis and featuring our very best student classical musicians, is the premier large performance ensemble at the University.

The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is supported by The Sidney Myer and MSO Trust.

We are creating an unrivalled orchestral training program here at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. As a performing musician with over thirty years’ experience, I know what works and what doesn’t. I know that all performing musicians desire to play at their best. Always. When you hear our orchestra, you hear more than ninety talented musicians playing at a heightened technical level. You will also hear them playing their hearts out and having fun. I believe that if we are enjoying ourselves, then the audience will too.

Associate Professor Richard Davis
Chief Conductor and Head of Orchestral Studies
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One passion, many destinations

The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra undertook its first international tour to Asia in 2018, giving our exceptional students the chance to shine on the world stage. This tour provided outstanding professional development opportunities for our students, including unique cultural experiences and the challenges and rewards of rehearsing, travelling and performing to new audiences.

About the Tour

The 2018 Asia Tour marks the very first time in its long history that the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has toured internationally. This tour provided outstanding professional development opportunities for our students, including unique cultural experiences and the challenges and rewards of rehearsing, travelling and performing to new audiences.

Past Performances

Over the past six years, the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has performed more than 20 sold-out concerts, including ten world premieres, and has grown to become one of Melbourne’s leading cultural and classical music fixtures.

Support the Orchestra

We believe the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra deserves be celebrated on the world stage. This is why we are seeking to establish the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Touring Fund.

By giving generously to this Fund, you will make it possible for the Orchestra’s exceptional student musicians to embark on an international touring program. Your gift will also help us to set a new benchmark – defining the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a world leader and elevating the University of Melbourne as a destination of choice for outstanding music students.

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