The Nelson Mandela University Symphony Orchestra was started in 2015 by Grant Snyman and presented various concerts such as collaboration concerts with the Free State Youth Orchestra, the Mandela University Wind Orchestra and New Apostolic Church Port Elizabeth Orchestra. It is under his baton that the NMUSO placed second at the National SASBA Orchestra Competition in 2019.

The Mandela Symphony Orchestra is building up again after the COVID interruptions and is looking forward to a new concert year under the baton of Belgian born Tania Leurquain-Steyn who brings with a wide orchestral experience from Europe and the USA. The Orchestra aims to reflect the demographics of our area and wants to set and example where teachers, university students, community members, professional performers and possible matric pupils will share the stage in true Mandela spirit. It offers the opportunity to develop orchestral skills and build individual knowledge and experience and prepares one for orchestral auditions localy, nationaly and internationaly.

The NMUSO strives to promote classical and contemporary orchestral music to the wider Port Elizabeth community and support South African as well as female composers.  The orchestra aims to build a new and dynamic concert going generation in our city and develop and grow music education in Port Elizabeth as whole.

Auditions are mandatory as well as regular attendance at our weekly rehearsals, weekend workshops and participation in public performances. The Symphony Orchestra calls the Nelson Mandela University's South Campus Auditorium its home and will perform there but strives to find alternative venues as to strengthen public engagement with the broader Port Elizabeth community as well as local high schools.


Tuesday, 17:00 – 19:30 (NMU South Campus)


Auditions take place at the start of each year before the commencement of the semester. For further information, please contact

Upcoming Performances:

29 May 2022, matinee concert 15:00 at the the Nelson Mandela University's South Campus Auditorium.