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 styles (fast and slow). These selections can be all or part of a larger work, e.g., an etude, concerto movement, a sonata movement, or any excerpt from a lesson book.
Woodwind, Brass, and percussion-section personnel are usually drawn from the University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. Please visit these ensemble’s websites for audition information.
To register for the course (listed in the catalog as MUSI 1112) you will need a permission number from the instructor (Mr. Felder). Permission numbers will be assigned after auditions are completed. The course can be added and registration completed at that time.
Rehearsals and Concert
The Symphony performs two or three concerts per semester. Rehearsals are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.