Symphony Orchestra of the National Taiwan Normal University Department of Music is the official symphony orchestra of the oldest college music department in Taiwan, the NTNU Department of Music.
The National Taiwan Normal University Music Department Symphony Orchestra was established in 1975. The promotion of art and culture was its mission, in addition to the organization’s aim to train a young generation of outstanding musical talents and cultivate the audience in music appreciation. The NTNU orchestra performs regularly in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, tours to other local cultural centers, presents outdoors concerts and gives a concerto evening concert annually.
In 1975, the Music Department of National Taiwan Normal University invited a number of musicians, professors, students and well-known international maestros to form the Symphony Orchestra. Through the years it gradually expanded to a 92-piece full size undergraduate student symphony orchestra. Internationally famed Taiwanese conductor Apo Hsu, was appointed as the music director and conductor in fall of 2003. While maintaining a core of classical repertoire from Baroque era’s Bach and Handel to the 21st century, the orchestra takes on the challenges of performing works of our time with Taiwanese and international composers and brings their music making to a high standard and level of excellence.