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Since our humble beginnings as a small ensemble in 2003, SMU Symphonia has progressed steadily over the last 17 years to become a full-fledge wind and strings symphony.
SMU Symphonia embraces any performance opportunity entrusted to us and we can be seen participating actively in university-wide event such as SMU Patron’s Day, SMU Open House, SMU Arts Festival, and our annual trademark production – Symphonia Festiva.
Going beyond the Singapore seas, SMU Symphonia has travelled to countries like Australia in 2007 & 2009, and Vienna in 2013 to compete in various international band competitions. In 2018, the club journeyed to Japan to attend the 20th Conference of the Asia Pacific Band Directors’ Associations where we performed alongside bands from Korea, Australia, and many more.
SMU Symphonia’s continual pursuit of excellence in music is not confined to only concerts and competitions; the club believes in sharing the joy of making music to emulate the values of music, friends, and fun through community performances such as the Commonwealth Science Conference 2017 at Istana, and collaborations with sister universities in Singapore such as the SMU X SUTD Alma Mater Concert in 2021.
Wednesday & Friday
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Who conducts regular training for the club?
Our resident conductor is Mr Adrian Chiang, and he takes charge of our weekly combined practices. You may view Mr Chiang’s profile here: https://www.adrian-chiang.com/
Additionally, we often engage tutors for the different sections in preparation for productions!
Is SMU Symphonia an Orchestra?
SMU Symphonia is a wind and strings club. Though we do have orchestral performances, we also place great emphasis on developing both sides separately so that all sections and members have an opportunity to perform!
What is the commitment level as a SMU Symphonia member?
Other than our regular training sessions on Wed & Fri night, additional sectionals and Saturday sessions may be held nearer to concert days. However, do rest assured that major performances should end before busy academic periods!
Is SMU Symphonia suitable for people with no background in the instrument/music?
Yes, students with no background in this area but with great interest are welcomed to join too! However, there is a steep learning curve in this process. Not to fret, our section leaders and members would be there to assist you, but we will require your commitment as well!
How many performances do we have in a year and will everyone be involved in performances?
We have 1 major club production every year, usually in March. SMU Symphonia also takes part in various uni-wide events spread across the year. Some of such events are Patron’s Day, Vivace and SMU Arts Festival. We would definitely encourage all our members to get involved in our performances if possible, to get the full experience!
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