The Symphony Services Music Library (SSML) is one of the largest collections of print music and music scores in the southern hemisphere. With over 460,000 items, the collection houses an extensive and expanding range of repertoire.
While orchestral music represents the principal focus of the SSML, the collection has also evolved to include opera, vocal and choral material. The SSML has been a well-utilised and significant resource for orchestras, choirs, and other music organisations since the 1980s.
Music Hire Service
The Symphony Services Music Library helps you do what you do best – play music – by providing a music hire service to both individuals and organisations. Associates and Subscribers receive significant discounts on hire fees as well as other benefits. Other hirers are also welcome.
Emily Whitmore, Music Librarian (Outside Hire)
+61 (0)2 8622 9427
General Library Information
Vi King Lim, Library Manager
+61 (0)2 8622 9486
Manuscript Collection: new Australian orchestral composition
With a history dating back to the 1920s, the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and later Symphony Australia, played an important role in Australian musical life by commissioning new Australian compositions for performance and broadcast. This commissioning tradition continues to the present day through the work of Symphony Services International.
The Music Library acquired many of the resulting music scores and performance parts and remains a significant resource for Australian music. Since 2000 many of these original manuscripts, known as the Symphony Australia Collection, have been transferred to the National Library of Australia in Canberra for preservation. The collection includes the works of over 78 Australian composers and arrangers as well as scores owned and annotated by significant conductors and musicians.
Goodear Editions is Symphony Services International’s music publishing arm. Commencing with Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier in 2010, Goodear Editions aims to release newly typeset performance materials of standard orchestral repertoire on a regular basis. Our music scores and parts are beautifully engraved and printed and have been proofed and tested by professional orchestras to ensure practicality and legibility. Many of our current titles are for sale and can be purchased through the online shop, while others can be hired.