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Sydney University Musical Society

Founded in 1878, SUMS is Australia’s oldest university choir and has actively contributed to the musical life of the University and Sydney’s community for 142 years. SUMS has had many notable achievements over its lifetime, including Australian premieres of Bach’s Mass in B minor and the St Matthew Passion in 1880, and a performance during the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony. Our recent concerts include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, accompanied by SUSO, as well as collaborations with the Conservatorium of Music featuring performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and Sergei Prokofiev's, Alexander Nevsky. SUMS combines its musical achievements with a great social atmosphere, with lots of organised and informal social events including a biennial camp and regular visits to the pub. Most importantly, SUMS is a non-auditioned choir and community of lifelong friends, we welcome everyone to join and sing with us.

Why join us?
SUMS comes together as a huge choir to sing all sorts of wonderful music. But not only is it a choir, it is a welcoming, fun and exciting musical community you can be a part of!

Famous FOMO experiences on offer
SUMS Camp: 3 days of SUMS traditions, making music, and hanging out with friends; Carolfest: the end-of-year Christmas festival in the University's touchstone venue, the Great Hall; Acadinner: our annual formal dinner-party in fancy dress!

Meet ups & Community
We rehearse every Wednesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm, have many society social events, and have three concerts throughout the year! Join the mailing list on our website to stay informed.

Membership fees
Fresher (USYD student, new to SUMS): $5
USYD Student: $30
Concession: $50
Standard: $70
Reduced prices for membership in semester 2 😊 Feel free to join for a test-run rehearsal before you decide!


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