The University Symphony Orchestra is made up of approximately 85 student musicians led and conducted by Harvey Felder. 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.
Orchestra members are chosen by audition. Auditions take place at the beginning of the fall semester and are mandatory each year for all students, non-majors, and community members alike.