Our History

The Melbourne University Biomedicine Students’ Orchestra, also known as MUBSO, is a symphony orchestra at the University of Melbourne. Despite the “Biomedicine” in the name, MUBSO brings together students from all faculties of the University who share a love for classical music and a passion for charity.

Co-founded in 2016 by first year Biomedicine students Emily Sun and Richard Song, MUBSO is an UMSU affiliated club* that offers a fulfilling creative outlet for students, through which they can foster their creative talents not just for themselves, but also as a means of serving the community. Since its founding, MUBSO has delivered ten major concerts.

Besides major concerts that are held biannually, MUBSO also has a strong medical focus through health-related community concerts, which have included charity performances at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Federation Square, and various retirement communities. We also hold an annual Camp where we rehearse and bond over a weekend, culminating in a performance in the community on the last day, usually at a retirement home; this has been a rewarding experience for our members. In 2022, the establishment of the Chamber Music program has allowed members to form their own groups to play music in, with a chance to showcase their efforts in an annual Soirée performance held in August. Through our musical and social activities throughout the semesters, MUBSO has been able to connect many students with a mutual love of music.

Today, MUBSO has grown into more than just an orchestra, but also a close-knit family that thrives on the diversity of its members with hearts for music and charity. Together, we hope to make a meaningful and positive difference in our community, as we endeavour to bring our music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.”

– Leo Tolstoy