The Nelson Mandela University Symphony Orchestra has been under the guidance of Artistic Director & Conductor Grant Snyman since 2015 and is proud to boast sold out concerts and collaboration concerts with the Free State Youth Orchestra and New Apostolic Church Port Elizabeth Orchestra. It is under his capable baton that the NMUSO recently placed second at the National SASBA Orchestra Competition in 2019.


The NMUSO strives for excellence and to promote classical orchestral music to the wider Port Elizabeth community – aiming to build a new and dynamic concert going generation in our city for many years to come. It also strives to be a bridging orchestra for the city. Young students who come out of schooling programmes are then able to develop their orchestral skills and knowledge in preparation for auditioning for the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (ECPO) and or any other professional orchestras. The NMUSO aims to develop young musicians through exciting concerts, collaborations and outreach concerts. All ultimately to grow, develop and improve music education in Port Elizabeth as whole.

Grant Snyman (27) is currently a PhD doctoral student at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. Grant is currently a music educator at Collegiate Girls’ High School, where he teaches clarinet and saxophone and is the conductor of the school’s Concert Band. In 2018, Grant took part in the 4th National Len van Zyl Conducing Competition (Cape Town), and was ranked in the top 14 of young conductors in South Africa. He has been the guest conductor of the National Musicamp Association of Zimbabwe in Harare (2018), conducted alongside David Scarr in the ECPO Side by Side Symphony Concert (2019) and guest conductor of the Eastern Cape Wind Orchestra (2020).

The Symphony Orchestra is open to non-enrolled students, alumni and members of the Port Elizabeth community. Furthermore, it is open to all enrolled students from all campus faculties (full or part-time). The only requirement is that everyone must audition. Regular attendance at our weekly rehearsals, weekend workshops and participation in public performances is required. The Symphony Orchestra performs several concerts in the NMU South Campus Auditorium each semester, but often looks to find alternative venues to perform in to strengthen public engagement with the broader Port Elizabeth community as well as local high schools.


Tuesday, 17:00 – 19:30 (NMU Bird Street Campus) R101


Auditions take place at the start of each year before the commencement of the semester. For further information, please contact the current Artistic Director and Conductor, Grant Snyman on

Upcoming Performances:

2020 concerts cancelled due to COVID 19, to resume in 2021.

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