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University Symphony

Course: MUS 259/459/559

Dr. Yunjung LeeThe ISU Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra consisting of the best instrumental students in the School of Music. The orchestra performs 4–6 times each year and rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30. The orchestra is open by audition to both music majors and non-music majors alike. The orchestra performs a wide variety of repertoire including symphonies, concertos, operatic repertoire, and masterworks with choir. The orchestra frequently collaborates with both faculty soloists and guest artists, and has worked with many living composers, both during our regular season and as a part of the annual Contemporary Music Festival. Each year the orchestra also features student soloists as winners of the annual Paul W. Hagan Concerto/Aria Competition. Recent repertoire highlights include Dvorak Symphony No. 8, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto (with the composer present!), Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Beethoven Symphony No. 7, and many others.

Ensemble Auditions for Fall 2023: String Auditions for ensemble placement will take place on Saturday, August 19, from 5:00-9:00 pm and Wind Auditions will take place on Monday, August 21 throughout the day. All students participating in ISU ensembles will need to audition. Please fill out the Ensemble Audition Registration Form in order to sign up for an audition time. Audition music for all string players is available for download here. Ensemble audition music for winds and brass is available for download here. All percussionists will be auditioned and assigned to ensembles by Dr. Finnie. Auditions will be held in the days just prior to the beginning of classes and sign up sheets will be available soon.

For information about the special strings scholarship for incoming students, please visit the Sycamore String Quartet Program Scholarship.

For more information about the University Symphony, please contact Dr. Yunjung Lee.
Phone: (812) 237-2742