Samuel Parry is the music director of the Western Australian Charity Orchestra. Seeing a need for a new orchestra in the Perth music community, Samuel founded WACO in 2008. 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 of Australia earned him first-class honours. He is currently the woodwind and brass tutor at St Peter’s Primary School, and is 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 Pride Of Australia Medal, 2017 Raised over $100,000 for Australian charities WA Wind Symphony – WA State Band Competition Winners, ‘A’ Division, 2017 WA Wind Symphony – WA State Band Competition Winners, ‘A’ Division, 2018
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.