The University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra is made up of approximately 75 student musicians–undergraduate and graduate. The Symphony performs two or three concerts per semester and rehearses twice a week. Repertoire includes works of the standard classical, romantic, and contemporary orchestral literature. The orchestra also collaborates with other ensembles in the department, including the Festival Chorus and the Opera Program. Additionally, collaborations with music faculty in the role as concerto soloist, is a regular occurrence.
Membership in the Symphony is open to all University of Connecticut students, music majors and non-majors. Orchestra members are chosen by audition. Auditions for string players take place at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Woodwind, brass, and percussion players are typically drawn from the ranks of the University’s Wind Ensemble, which holds auditions in the fall.