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University Symphony

Course: MUS 259/459/559

The University Symphony is a 60- to 70-piece full orchestra which rehearses twice weekly, and presents four concerts each academic year. Membership in this for-credit course is open to music majors and non-majors by audition. The ensemble performs in a variety of musical genres, including symphony, concerto, oratorio, and opera, and regularly collaborates with faculty and professional soloists. In addition, it is a resident ensemble for the annual Paul W. Hagan Concerto/Aria Audition Prize, winners of which perform with the University Symphony. Recent repertoire has been both diverse and challenging: Bach: Orchestral Suite No.1, Mozart: Symphony No. 36, Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 , Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 5, Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite, and Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite. The orchestral experience at ISU embodies dedication, high standards, and cameraderie. In short, the best students playing the best music!