Society of Orchestra & Pipers
The UNSW Society of Orchestra and Pipers (SOAP) is the student-run collective associated with the university’s Large Instrumental Music Ensembles (LIME), namely the UNSW Orchestra and UNSW Wind Symphony. It was established during Colin Piper’s reign as orchestra conductor, hence the use of ‘Piper’ in the name. ‘Piper’ also alludes to brass and woodwinds.
Supported by Arc@UNSW and the Music Performance Unit, our goal is to be an accessible platform for music performance, engagement and sharing. We hold regular events for our members to help increase ensemble cohesion and hope to bring people together through their love of music.
Who should join SOAP?
All past, current and future members of UNSW Orchestra and UNSW Wind Symphony are invited to join SOAP. We also encourage those completing a Bachelor of Music at UNSW and anyone interested in joining a music community to become involved.
What does SOAP do?
SOAP holds a number of social events throughout the year. Notable ones are the annual Cruise and the Ball. On a smaller scale, we often have bowling/board game nights, bake sales, and there's always a concert afterparty. We also have a Discord server for fun online events, such as games nights, movie nights, or online performances. Drop by to meet some like-minded musicians and make some lifelong friends!
President, Michael Jacinto
Hi! My name's Michael, and I'm a first year postgraduate IT student, having recently finished my undergraduate degrees in Actuarial Studies and Commerce. In the UNSW Wind Symphony I play the euphonium, but I can also play the trombone, sing as a baritone, and sometimes I even write my own music! As the President of UNSW SOAP, I lead the society's strategic direction, liaise with the Music Performance Unit and other societies around UNSW, and empower my exec team to be the best it can be. If you see one of us around, come and say hi!
Vice-President, Wind Symphony, Junias Tjanaria
Hi, I’m Junias and I’m the Wind Synphony VP. I’m all about WS rehearsals and what’s happening in them whilst promoting SOAP’s events. I play percussion and viola, and I’ve got two dogs which I cherish! I’m currently in my third year studying Chemical engineering and Science majoring in Food Science.
Any enquiries regarding Wind Symphony, such as commitments, ability requirements, openings, or apologies, may be directed toward the VP for Wind Symphony.
Vice-President Orchestra, Ethan Redman
Hello there! I’m Ethan, a second year Mechatronics Engineering student who loves all things music and robotics. I play trombone in the UNSW Wind Symphony and Orchestra, the latter of which I’m the vice president for 2022.
Any enquiries regarding Orchestra, such as commitments, ability requirements, openings, or apologies, may be directed toward the VP for Orchestra.
Secretary, Oliver Jackson
Hi, my name is Oliver and I am the Secretary of SOAP. My role involves managing the general administration of the club. I play the tuba and the piano and am currently studying Chemical Engineering in my third year at UNSW.
Any enquiries regarding the newsletter or the general administration of the club may be directed toward the Secretary.
Treasurer, Ed Bacon
Hey, I’m Ed, the treasurer for SOAP for 2022! I play trombone for both of SOAP’s ensembles, and play the piano as well. I’m in my fourth year studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Science (Advanced Mathematics).
Arc Delegate, Natalie Newman
Hi, I'm Nat, I'm the Arc Delegate for SOAP this year! I'm a second year studying Neuroscience and Chemistry and play the Horn in UNSW Orchestra.
Any enquiries regarding SOAP’s relations with Arc, Arc funding, grants, or anything else Arc related may be directed toward the Arc Delegate.
Marketing and Events Coordinator, Zia Bohm
Hi! I’m Zia and I’m the Marketing/Events Coordinator for SOAP. I play the trombone in Wind Symphony and I’m a second year studying Chemical Engineering and Science majoring in Chemistry. I have two adorable dogs and I am super passionate about the environment!
Any enquiries regarding upcoming events or requests for event collaboration may be directed toward the Marketing and Events Coordinator.
Grievance Officer, Sabine Seeto
Hi, I’m Sabine, a third year Electrical Engineering/ Masters of Biomedical Engineering student at UNSW and the Grievance Officer of SOAP. I play flute and piccolo for Orchestra, but also enjoy learning to play the recorder and melodica in my spare time.
Any grievances, either with a SOAP Executive member or a general member, may be submitted to the Grievance Officer. This includes any misconduct on the Discord server.
Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNSWsoap/
SOAP is partially funded by Arc, which allows us to host all these incredible events and keep bringing you exciting opportunities. If you haven’t already, please sign into spARC and make sure to officially join SOAP.