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The University Symphony Orchestra presents a rich diversity of orchestral, operatic, and orchestral-choral repertoire.  Music directors in the 2015-16 season include Barbara Day Turner, Yair Samet, and Fred Cohen.  The Symphony Orchestra is comprised of student instrumentalists, a majority 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. Students must play a prepared piece and sight read. Sign up here.

The core repertoire of the Orchestra spans a broad range of eras and styles.  In the 2015-16 season the Orchestra will present works including Johannes Brahms' Ein deutches Requiem, Joan Tower's Made in America, Franz Haydn's Symphony No. 104 ("London"), and other works.

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.

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Fall 2015 repertoire and concert dates:


CONCERT ONE:  OCTOBER 28, 2015 7:30   Concert Hall      

Conductor:  Barbara Day Turner

L. Boccherini Fandango                                 str—harpsichord (2)—1 perc

Craig Russell  Ecos armónicos                       tba

Vaughn Williams Tuba Concerto          ——timp.2perc—str

                        Jonathan Hsu, solo tuba

Arturo Marquez Danzón #2                           3*.3*.2——timp-4 perc—str 


Barbara Day Turner is founder and music director of the San José Chamber Orchestra, now in its 19th season. An ardent advocate for new music, Maestra Day Turner has premiered more than 80 new works just with the SJCO.
Her resume also includes almost 100 operas and musical theater pieces. Most recently she has conducted the Redwood Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Così fan tutte for West Bay Opera, John Adams’ Nixon In China for Portland Opera, The King and I for American Musical Theatre of San José and The Marriage of Figaro and Porgy and Bess for Utah Festival Opera, where she also serves as Music Administrator. Her background also includes many years as conductor and artistic administrator with Opera San José where she conducted the world premieres of Henry Mollicone’s Hotel Eden, Alva Henderson’s West of Washington Square, Craig Bohmler and Daniel Helfgot’s The Tale of the Nutcracker and George Roumanis’ Phaedra, as well as repertoire pieces by Handel, Cavalli, Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Britten, Stravinsky, and many others.
Miss Day Turner holds a masters degree in harpsichord performance from San José State University, with advanced studies with the legendary Fernando Valenti defining an alter-ego musical life as a harpsichordist.


CONCERT TWO:  DECEMBER 6, 2015  2:00  Concert Hall  

Conductor:  Fred Cohen

Joan Tower Made in America                         2(2pic).2.2.2——timp.2perc—str

J. Haydn Symphony No. 104 “London”—2.2.00-timp-str