For many of us, music is one of the few passions we are able to indulge in alongside the busy schedule of medical school. As we endure long days in hospitals and grow accustomed to the emotionally draining lives of doctors, it becomes tempting to retire our bows and reeds in exchange for tendon hammers and stethoscopes. It is easy to stop at the fork in the road and choose one path, medicine, and forget the other: music.
Yet music has the power to vastly improve mental health and wellbeing. It serves as an outlet for stress, an opportunity to express ourselves creatively and a reminder of the colourful life outside the hospital walls.
Thus we felt the need for the Australian Medical Students’ Orchestra. Just over 20 years ago, the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra was formed, and over the past eight years, medical student orchestras have sprung up around Australia – this year, the University of New South Wales medical orchestra will become the fifth to open its doors. As this momentum has built over recent years, we have been inspired to take this idea to a national level.
AMSO will bring up to 100 medical students from around Australia to Melbourne for three days of intense rehearsals, culminating in a concert to take place in July 2016. Not only do we share a love for music, we are also passionate about using our music to benefit others.
The Australian Medical Students’ Orchestra will gather for the first time in July this year in Melbourne, under the baton of renowned Melbourne cellist and conductor Michael Dahlenburg. The orchestra, comprised of medical musicians from around the country, will come together for an intensive rehearsal season and concert on July 31st 2016, performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony, among other works.
Bringing medical students together to join in music-making will only be possible with your support – so thank you in advance for empowering us to continue our passion for music and enabling us to share it with the community.