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University Symphony

Course: MUS 259/459/559

The ISU Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of the best instrumental students in the School of Music. The orchestra performs 4–6 times each year and rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30 as a full orchestra, with an additional string sectional on Mondays from 3:00 – 3:50. The orchestra is open by audition to both music majors and non-music majors alike. The orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire including symphonies, concertos, operatic repertoire, and masterworks with choir. The orchestra frequently collaborates with both faculty soloists and guest artists, and has worked with many living composers, both during our regular season and as a part of the annual Contemporary Music Festival. Each year the orchestra also features student soloists as winners of the annual Paul W. Hagan Concerto/Aria Competition. Recent repertoire highlights include Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto (with the composer present!), Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, and many others.

For information about the special strings scholarship for incoming students, please visit the Sycamore String Quartet Program Scholarship.