Samuel Parry is the music director of all the WACO ensembles, and founded the WA Charity Orchestra in 2008 at 18 years of age. Samuel was awarded the Pride of Australia Medal for his contribution to the community in 2017 through his work with WACO.
Samuel has a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Multiple-Woodwind Performance and was the first student to graduate from WAAPA having studied flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon in a single performance degree. His research into community and charity orchestras in Australia earned him first-class honours. In June of 2022, Sam completed a Masters in Teaching (Secondary) at Edith Cowan University.
He is a casual oboist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the WA Youth Orchestra, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, WAAPA Faith Court Orchestra and UWA Symphony Orchestra.
Awards and Accomplishments
*2020 WA State Band Championships cancelled
Sam Parry is not only an incredible musician and musical director, but also a joy to work with. His high expectations and goals for each WACO rehearsal and performance are achieved in an encouraging, stress free environment. Sam’s vision offers players a once in a lifetime opportunity for many members and we love being a part of it.