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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 2018, the SJSU Orchestra will perform Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in a gala presentation at the Hammer Theater on October 6, perform with Italian tenor Pasquale Esposito at the Hammer Theater Oct. 13-14, participate in the School of Music & Dance's Kaleidoscope! on Oct. 20, play a suite from Bride of Frankenstein at the Hammer Theater on October 24, perform Claude Bolling's Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio on December 5 in a program with Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa and JS Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No. 3, re-join Pasquale Esposito in Saratoga on December 14 and in Herbst Theater (San Francisco) on December 15. Plans for spring '19 include a fully-staged production of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, May 10/12.

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. 20, 2019, 1:30PM-4:30PM. Sign up for auditions here.

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

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October 6, 2:30PM:  Hammer Theater——Beethoven 7 Celebration!

October 13, 8:00PM: Hammer Theater——Pasquale Esposito Celebrates Italian Piazzas

October 20, 7:00PM:  Hammer Theater——Kaleidoscope!

special appearance:

October 24, 7:30PM: Hammer Theater——Frankenstein!!