European Network of University Orchestras

About ENUO

The European Network of University Orchestras (ENUO) brings together university symphony orchestras in Europe by facilitating communication between its member organizations.

The mission of ENUO is to serve as a platform where members of European university symphonic orchestras and their administrations can easily share information and exchange ideas.

By facilitating these interactions, ENUO aims to inspire creative cooperation between its members, and as a result, provide a deeper cultural understanding within the European Union.

The ENUO website serves as the main platform for the network. Here one can find a list of all member orchestras and their contact information, a calendar of upcoming concerts presented by member orchestras, future projects organized by the network, inspiration for your own orchestra, and copies of previous newsletters.

Orchestra playing in a full concert hall seen from a balcony

"Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is" - Malcolm Arnold. Photo: Magnus Åström


The ENUO office is run by the project team, which are responsible for the website, facebook page, newsletters, as well as organizing activities by the network. The current ENUO-team consists of Stefan Karpe, Hanne De Maeyer and Amanda Thomas.

Conductor Stefan Karpe in action

Stefan Karpe, Director Musices at Uppsala University, saw the need for a network that would help unite European university symphony orchestras. In 2011, he organized a project group with Sara Helperin and Marleen Elshof to develop ENUO. At the end of 2011, university orchestras across Europe were invited to become members of the network.

On February 22, 2012, ENUO was officially launched with 93 member orchestras from 15 countries. Today, the network has 132 member orchestras from 16 countries.

Portrait photo of Hanne De Maeyer

Hanne has been working for the ENUO since September 2018. She is originally from Belgium where she soon found out that music was one of her passions. She loves signing, playing oboe and english horn. After spending most of her bachelors in Ghent and playing in the local university orchestra (GUSO) she decided to go on Erasmus to Uppsala, Sweden. Five years later she is now graduated as a master in Forensic Science and has officially migrated to Sweden where she works as a research engineer in Forensic Genetics in combination with the ENUO and plays actively in the Royal Academic Orchestra of Uppsala University. For now she is main responsible as ENUO representative in the MEETS project.

Amanda Thomas outdoors on a snowy day

Amanda Thomas joined the ENUO team in February 2021. She is currently studying the Cultural Entrepreneurship bachelor's programme and her main subject is Gender Studies. She joined the Royal Academic Orchestra of Uppsala University during the fall of 2020 where she plays first violin.

Support us

By supporting the European Network of University Orchestras, you help foster connections and exchanges between more than a 100 university orchestras.

In the coming years we want to create the ENUO's Project Orchestra where 80-100 students from across Europe will play together. The orchestra will create the opportunity for students to play together with others from different cultures and backgrounds who share the same passion for music.

Without the help of sponsors, it will not be possible to organize this orchestra. We can offer a lot in return for your sponsorship. Please e-mail to learn more about how you can support ENUO.

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