Upcoming

  1. August 2024

    1. Sun 18

      MacArthur Performing Arts Challenge (MacPAC)

      11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  2. November 2024

    1. Sun 24

      SWSO End of Year Concert

      3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  3. December 2024

    1. Thu 05

      SWSO Christmas Concert

      5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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The SWSO Team

Introducing those involved behind the scenes at SWSO!

Michael O'Dea - Music Director

 Maestro Michael O’Dea is the current Musical Director and Conductor of South West Sydney Orchestras.  He conductors the string ensembles and Fisher’s Ghost Youth Orchestra. He also runs the 8 week Introduction to Violin Course. 

Michael is an Educational Leader and qualified Music Teacher with more than 30 years experience deIMG 7803veloping and leading performance and co-curricular music programs in a school setting.  

Michael has inspired, led and guided change and growth by developing musical performances, overseeing performance programs, and providing musical direction to students from Kindergarten through to Year 12 over his years teaching at leading schools across Sydney.  

Michael is also an accomplished musician who has played Violin as a key member of numerous orchestras and in solo concerto performances in Australia, the UK and Austria.

Some of Michael’s notable achievements as an educational leader, music director and teacher have included:

  • Leading IPSHA Junior School programs and performances.
  • Developing an integrated music program, using the Violin and Cello to teach essential music skills to students in Kindergarten and Years 1 and 2, and overseeing Chamber music ensembles to extend exceptionalmusicians and scholars from Years 4 to 12.
  • Conducting performances by the Senior Chamber Orchestra, Junior School Chamber Orchestra, Elite Speech Day Performances and PLC Sydney Productions
  • Directing students from Years 7 to 12 in various performances such as A Midsummer Nights Dream, Les Misrables and The Addams Family.
  • Producing annual “Speech Day” performances at the Sydney Opera House.
  • Commissioning works from musicians for performances at significant school and community events.
  • Managing up to 30 students during school orchestral tours in Hawaii, Singapore and the United Kingdom as well as Brisbane and the Gold Coast

Brad Stoi - Band Conductor

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Brad is an experienced music educator and conductor who has taught at a number of schools across South-West Sydney. Brad has worked as a peripatetic music tutor, classroom teacher and conductor. He is currently Band and Strings Conductor at St Peter’s Anglican Grammar, Campbelltown.


Brad loves seeing students come to life in the transformative space of the music/band room. As a firm believer that music is for everyone, Brad prides himself on his ability to encourage and inspire students of all ages to develop their musicality and perseverance. He is thrilled to take up the position as band conductor for a community program such as SWSO, which has been fostering the musicality of kids in the Macarthur region for more than 30 years.

The South West Sydney Orchestras Committee

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Official partners of South West Sydney Orchestras