Adelaide Wind Orchestra (AWO) is a world class ensemble and one of Australia’s foremost symphonic wind ensembles.


Building on the work of the late Robert (Bob) Hower at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, AWO was founded in 2012 by recent graduates together with amateur and professional performers who had a love of the symphonic wind ensemble.


The ensemble’s vision is to present professional performances through an annual concert series to further develop the audience for this music in Adelaide.


Since it was formed, AWO has been committed to presenting new music and promoting Australian composers. AWO has brought new compositions to Australian audiences giving numerous South Australian premieres, 19 Australian premieres, and 11 world premieres. 


AWO is proud to see past members flourish as professional musicians with our alumni now working with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, national military ensembles and other groups. Being part of the Adelaide community of musicians, AWO continues to maintain and nurture the great musical talent in South Australia.


Bob Hower’s legacy is strong and the energy and life he brought to symphonic wind ensemble music continues through AWO’s dedication to presenting diverse music that meets the moment.