The Sydney University Musical Society is the undergraduate choir of the University of Sydney.
Founded in 1878, it is the one of the oldest secular choirs in Australia. It has acquired an enviable reputation in the Sydney music scene, and has been regularly invited to perform with Sydney’s principal professional choirs. SUMS has had some noteworthy achievements over the years, including giving the Australian premieres of Handel's Dixit Dominus and Bach's Mass in B minor; and singing during the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron at the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony.
The Society has performed with orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and the SBS Youth Orchestra.
Most importantly, SUMS combines it's musical achievements with a great social atmosphere, with lots of organised and informal social events, and you do not need to audition (or even have any musical experience) to join in and sing with us.
In fact, while SUMS is the "official" undergradutate choir of the university we have a broad range of membership, from undergrads, post-grads, recent grads, and the odd "elder statesman" who are great for a yarn or three at the pub!
What sort of concerts does SUMS do?
SUMS sings many varied and diverse pieces, performing its major concerts (usually three series per year) in the Great Hall of the University and other prestigious venues. SUMS also sings wherever and whatever anyone wants us to - in shopping centres, ferries, to drunken students in Manning Bar.
Singing with SUMS is guaranteed to be like no other experience you have had or will have. So why not try us out?
What else does SUMS do?
SUMS, without a doubt, puts as much effort and energy into is other pursuits as it does its concerts:
SUMS is also available as an option in the undergraduate subject Ensemble Performance run by the University of Sydney Arts Music Department. This subject is available to all general undergraduate degrees at the University of Sydney, and requires rehearsal attendance, concert performance, and a written assessment.
When and where does SUMS rehearse?