Symphony Orchestra


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.


The orchestra's membership includes music majors and non-music majors. With careful planning, students find that the Symphony fits well into their busy schedules.


Auditions are held during the first week of Fall and Spring semesters. All string players on campus are welcomed and invited to audition, including non-music majors. Auditions are approximately five-minutes in length. Please prepare two brief selections of contrasting style (fast and slow). These selections can be all or part of a larger work, e.g., an etude, concerto movement, a sonata movements, or any excerpt from a lesson book. Dates TBD.

Course Registration

To register for the course (listed in the catalog as MUSI 1112) you will need a permission number from Dr. McShee, Permission numbers will be assigned after auditions are completed.

Rehearsals and Concerts

The Symphony performs two or three concerts per semester. Rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Paul McShee, DMA

Paul McShee

(860) 486-6455

2018-2019 Performances

Dances in Masks

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:00pm

UConn Avery Point Campus Auditorium


Dances in Masks

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:00pm

von der Mehden Recital Hall

Aria/Concerto Competition Winners

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8:00pm

von der Mehden Recital Hall