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Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra comprises approximately 70 student musicians who have successfully auditioned and are prepared to perform a broad range of classical and sacred music literature. Most have previous ensemble experience in community groups or from high school.


Orchestra membership is a year long commitment, which usually includes six on-campus performances and a couple of concert tours. The orchestra tours internationally every third year.

Concert Calendar »


Mabel Wood Hall 241, Monday through Thursday, 5:00 - 6:15 p.m.

Strings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Winds & Percussion: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


Auditions are held in the fall for a few days prior to the first day of classes. New students are required to audition. Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Mabel Wood Hall 227.


  1. Be warmed up when you walk through the door for your audition.
  2. Prepare one three-octave scale of your choice. Play it three or four notes slurred and at a spritely tempo. Winds and brass will be asked to play a chromatic scale also.
  3. Prepare two pieces in contrasting styles. Please prepare two completely different pieces–not one piece with contrasting sections.
  4. You will be asked to sight-read an excerpt from a piece the orchestra will be playing on the first concert of the season.

Results will be discussed at the end of the audition.


Qualifying students register for Symphony Orchestra for one credit. If your registration puts you over 16 credit hours, you may be eligible to register for audit instead of credit.

  • Freshmen and sophomores register for MUPF 138—Symphony Orchestra
  • Juniors and seniors register for MUPF 338—Symphony Orchestra



"I always find great pleasure in the first rehearsal of my 'new' orchestra every year. I know the challenges and hard work that lie ahead, but I love watching the miracle that occurs every five or six weeks in our rehearsal room. We take music from the dots-on-a-page stage to a full, expression-filled performance every time. That is a miracle!" More about the conductor » 

Concerto Competition Winners

Winners performed with the Symphony Orchestra on February 8, 2015.

View a list of the winners and the program »




Recent Repertoire

Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b   Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Fantasia on Sacred Harp Tunes   Ethan McGrath (b. 1990)
Symphony No. 8 in G Major, op. 88    Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Overture to Cosi fan tutte, K. 588   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15   Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, op. 13   Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Messiah   George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Stargaze   Jonathan Bartholomew (b. 1991)
Concerto in A minor, op 54, Allegro affetuoso
Patrick Rice, piano
  Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33, Allegro non troppo
Kristiana McCombs, cello
  Charles-Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26, Andante-Allegro
Benjamin Gittens, piano
  Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, op. 10, Allegro brioso
Katherine Pohle, piano
  Sergei Prokofiev
Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, Moderato assai ma molto maestoso
   Joseph Archer, trombone
  Launy Grohdahl (1886-1960)
Concerto No 5 in A minor, op. 37, Allegro non troppo
Haeun Kim, violin
  Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881)
Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18, Allegro scherzando
Yun Lu, piano
  Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
In Nature’s Realm Overture, op. 91   Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra
   Doug Warner, trombone
  Eric Ewazen (b. 1954)
Symphony No. 3 in C minor (“Organ”), op. 78   Charles Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
Adagio for Strings, op. 11   Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, op. 30
   Wesley Baldwin, cello
  Victor Herbert (1859-1924)
Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, op. 3- W45   Howard Hanson (1896-1981)


Overture to “The Magic Flute”, K. 620   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1   Georges Bizet
Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92   Ludwig von Beethoven
Overture to “Prince Igor”   Alexander Borodin
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a   Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 77
Carla Trynchuk, violin
  Johannes Brahms
Overture to Candide   Leonard Bernstein
Polonaise Brilliante in D major, op. 4, no. 1
Dana Wilson, violin
  Henri Wieniawski
Oboe Concerto, Hob. VII g: C1, Allegro spiritoso
   Tyler Rand, oboe
  Franz Joseph Haydn
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op. 64, Allegro molto appassionato
   Pablo Sanchez-Pazos, violin
  Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Major, KV 450, Allegro
   Man-Ling Bai, piano
  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Andante e Rondo Ungarese, op. 35
Guanliang Zong, viola
  Carl Maria von Weber
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Allegramente
   Yi-Ju Tsai, piano
  Maurice Ravel
Overture to Candide   Leonard Bernstein
Hymn Tune Fantasy   John T. Mac Lean
Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92   Ludwig van Beethoven
Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, op. 8
Heather Small, flute
  Otar Gordeli
The Planets, op. 32   Gustav Holst
Hopyard Overture   Jonathan McNair
Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, op. 48   Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 97 “Rhenish”   Robert Schumann


The Wasps Overture   Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending–Romance for Violin and Orchestra
   Mark Reneau, violin
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 6 in E minor   Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183   Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47   Dmitri Shostakovich
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 19
Wan Lin Yu, piano
  Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto in A minor, op. 53
   Breanna Thornton, violin
  Antonin Dvorak
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22
Liliya Ugay, piano
  Charles-Camille Saint-Saens
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, G. 124
Si Yao Li, piano
  Franz Liszt
Tuba Concerto
Martin Matheny, tuba
  Edward Gregson
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83
Ethan McGrath, piano
  Johannes Brahms
Concerto in B minor, op. 104
Denielle Wilson, cello
  Antonin Dvorak
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16
   Jonathan Harper, piano
  Sergei Prokofiev
Russian Easter Overture, op. 36   Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Appalachian Spring: Suite
   Sarah Strickland, conductor
  Aaron Copland
Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 “Italian”   Felix Mendelssohn
The Corsair Overture, op. 21   Hector Berlioz
Symphony No. 100 in G major, “Military”
Sarah Strickland, conductor
  Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”   Antonin Dvorak


Short Ride in a Fast Machine   John Adams
Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture After Shakespeare   Peter Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in Bb, op. 60   Ludwig von Beethoven


March slave, op. 31   Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra, op. 36
     Peter Sykes, organ
  Samuel Barber
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70
  Antonin Dvorak
Light Cavalry Overture   Franz von Suppe
Symphony No. 104 in D major (London)   Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 3, op. 27 (Sinfonia Espansiva)
     Julie Penner, soprano
     Brett Hyberger, baritone
  Carl Nielsen
Flute Concerto
     Josianne Bailey, flute
  Aram Khachaturian
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 14
     Breanna Thornton, violin
  Samuel Barber
Concerto for Piano No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
     Min-Fang Wang, piano
  Felix Mendelssohn
First Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, op. 42
     Stephen Thorp, organ
  Alexandre Guilmant
Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33
     Amos Chon, cello
  Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, op. 18
     Hsin-Ju Cindy Lo, piano
  Sergei Rachmaninoff
Consecration of the House Overture, op. 124 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 "Choral"
     Kimberly Keck, soprano
     Sara Snider Schone, alto
     Darrin Hassevoort, tenor
     Tony Deaton, bass
  Ludwig van Beethoven
Overture to Shakespeare's "As You Like It", op. 28    John Knowles Paine
Symphony No. 2 in B minor   Alexander Borodin
Concerto for Piano in E major, op. 59
     Bruce Ashton, piano
  Moritz Moszkowski