Orchestra Program

James Smith, Director of Orchestras

About the Orchestral Program

The orchestra program offers performance opportunities and orchestral training for music majors as well as non-music majors. The Symphony Orchestra specializes in works written for large orchestra and recent performances have included symphonies by Brahms, Martinů, Dvořák, and The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. The Chamber Orchestra varies in size and instrumentation depending on the repertoire and the artistic emphasis. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the emphasis will be on works written for string orchestra as well as strings plus solo winds and percussion. Major works composed by Schubert, Stravinsky, Mendelssohn, Bizet, as well as other important composers, will be featured. All-University Strings rehearses on Monday evenings and is open to all students without an audition.

Orchestra Contact:

Barb Mahling / 608.263.1891

  • Symphony Orchestra

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 – 6:00 PM in Mills Hall

    Course Number: Undergraduate 660-062, Graduate 660-570; 1 credit

    Director: James Smith

    Prerequisite: Audition

    Description: The University Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra of approximately 80 musicians. It typically has six performances each year including opera and works with chorus. The orchestra is open to music majors and non-music majors by audition. Auditions for the orchestra program are held prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester, and auditions for vacancies are held in December for participation in the spring semester.

    Click here for audition information and excerpts.

    To find upcoming concerts, click on our calendar and search for “symphony.”

  • All-University Strings

    Rehearsal Schedule: Lab 001 Monday 6:30 – 8:00 PM; Lab 002 Monday 8:15 – 9:45 PM.

    1341 Humanities.

    Course Number: 660-060. 1 credit.

    Director: David Richardson. Email David.

    Prerequisite: No audition required

    Description: All University Strings is open to string players regardless of major.  An audition is not required.  The orchestra meets on Monday evenings and performs one concert each semester.

    To find upcoming concerts, click on our calendar and search for “all university strings.”