Established in 1950s, the Faculty of Music Symphony Orchestra is the oldest university symphonic ensemble in Serbia and one of the most prominent and active in the region. Faculty of Music is also unique as it is the only high educational music institution in Serbia with the complete symphony orchestra. Throughout its long history, the Symphony Orchestra has provided its members, comprised of students and distinguished Faculty of Music teaching staff, with the opportunity to expand their musical talents, while at the same time presenting outstanding music programs. Its regular concert performances in all the major venues in Serbia, along with appearances at the most important music festivals, include works from the standard repertoire, with an emphasis on classical, romantic and late-romantic/early-modern symphonic pieces, as well as challenging contemporary music. Led in the past by some of the most renowned Serbian conductors such as Dušan Skovran, Darinka Matić-Marović, Stanko Šepić, the Faculty of Music Symphony Orchestra currently performs under the baton of Bojan Suđić. As its primary role is to prepare the students for professional lives in music, the Orchestra collaborates frequently with its outstanding faculty performers and professional soloists, and regularly joins forces with the Faculty of Music Mixed Choir, resulting with full productions of Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler, Mozart’s Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, to name but a few recent highlights.
The Symphony Orchestra owes its superiority in performance to the successful synthesis of students’ youthful energy and enthusiasm with the professional experience and excellence of their teachers and conductors, which makes it for decades one of the Faculty of Music’s, Belgrade and regional prides and delights.