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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 the 2017-18 season the Orchestra will present works including Lou Harrison's  Piano Concerto with pianist Sarah Cahill, Jennifer Higdon's  Saxophone Concerto with saxophonist Michael Hernandez, Witold Lutoslawski's  Mi-Parti, an evening with Italian tenor extraordinaire Pasquale Esposito and our own Joseph Frank, winners of the 2017-18 Student Concerto Competition, and much more!

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 Tuesday, Aug. 22, 10:00AM-2:00PM. Sign up for auditions here.

The conductors for the 2017-2018 season are Dr. Sarah Jones and Dr. Fred Cohen.

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Fall 2017 repertoire and concert dates:


CONCERT ONE:  Tuesday, October 17, 2016 7:00PM   Music Concert Hall      

Edvard Grieg:  Holberg Suite

Lou Harrison:  Piano Concerto [with Sarah Cahill]

WA Mozart: Symphony No. 39


CONCERT TWO:  Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017  7:00  Hammer Theater

Selections from first concert; participation in Kaleidoscope program.


CONCERT THREE:  Monday, Dec. 11, 2017  7:00PM  Music Concert Hall  


Ernest Bloch:  Suite modale

Jennifer Higdon: Saxophone Concerto [with Michael Hernandez]

Witold Lutoslawski: Mi-Parti


SPRING 2017 Concerts:

Wednesday, March 21—Student Concerto winners and other works

Saturday, April 14—An Evening with Pasquale Esposito and Joseph Frank

April 23-May 6—In The Heights (@ the Hammer)

Monday, May 14—repertoire tba