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The University Symphony Orchestra presents a rich diversity of orchestral, operatic, and orchestral-choral repertoire.  The Symphony Orchestra is comprised of student instrumentalists, many of whom are music majors, and is open for membership by audition for students across the University as well as community volunteers.

Music majors focusing on string performance must participate in Symphony Orchestra as their major ensemble.  Auditions take place the two days before classes begin each semester.

The core repertoire of the Orchestra spans a broad range of eras and styles.  In fall 2019, the SJSU Orchestra will perform Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony; perform at the Hammer Theater in the School of Music & Dance's Kaleidoscope!; perform with a special guest in early December; and join tenor Pasquale Esposito for a special Italian Christmas program at Bayside Performing Arts Center (San Mateo). 

The mission of the orchestra is to deliver an outstanding music education for our students, and to perform at the highest level with passion, energy, and commitment.  String auditions will be Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, 1:30PM-4:30PM. Sign up for auditions here.

The conductor of the SJSU Symphony Orchestra is Dr. Fred Cohen.  Dr. Sarah Jones, Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola, directs weekly string sectionals.

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October 22, 7:00PM:  Concert Hall——Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

October 25, 11:00AM (school matinee) and 7:30PM: Hammer Theater——Kaleidoscope!

December 3, 7:00PM:  Concert Hall——program tba, with special surprise guest!

December 21, 7:30PM——Bayside Performing Arts Center, San Mateo, with Pasquale Esposito