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.
To register for the course (listed in the catalog as MUSI 1112) you will need a permission number from Dr. McShee, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.