About Darwin Symphony Orchestra

Darwin Symphony Orchestra (DSO), a not-for-profit organisation celebrating its 30th year in 2019, is a treasured community icon throughout Darwin and the Northern Territory. Comprising 65 volunteer musicians and a small professional core who live and work within the Darwin community, DSO is an orchestra of and for the community.

The ensemble’s identity as an accessible and essential community resource has resulted in concerts being held in some of the most remote places imaginable with a diversity in programming that crosses all cultural boundaries. From floating on pontoons on the Katherine River to performing on a working barge on Darwin Harbour and becoming the first symphony orchestra to perform at Uluru, DSO reaches audiences throughout every corner of the territory in which it resides.

Launched in 2012, DSO's Music Education in Schools program, presented by the DSO String Quartet, has reached over 2000 Territory-based school students since its inception. Also hitting the air-waves in 2013 with a presentation and performance via the Alice Springs School of the Air, this program continues to engage and inspire students throughout the region. In Darwin, the DSO also runs Kids' Classics focusing on family-based music education in an inclusive environment.