Oriol Sans is Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities


The orchestra program offers performance opportunities and orchestral training for music majors as well as non-music majors. The UW–Madison Symphony Orchestra specializes in works written for large orchestra and recent performances have included symphonies by Brahms, Martinů, and Dvořák, and The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. All-University Strings rehearses on Monday evenings and is open to all students without an audition.

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  • Symphony Orchestra

    Oriol Sans, conductor and director of orchestral activities

    Rehearsal Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30–6:00 PM.
    Fall 2019 concerts: Friday, October 11; Thursday, November 14; Thursday, December 5 (with the Wind Ensemble)
    Spring 2020 concerts: Saturday, March 7 (with guest pianist Wu Han), Sunday, April 5 (Symphony Showcase Concerto Winners)
    Course Number: Undergraduate 660-062, Graduate 660-570; 1 credit.
    Prerequisite: Audition required.
    Description: The Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra of approximately 80 musicians. It typically has six performances each year, including opera and works with chorus. The Symphony Orchestra is open to music majors and non-music majors by audition. Auditions for the Symphony Orchestra are held prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester, and auditions for spring-semester vacancies are held in December.

  • All-University Strings

    Fall 2019 concert: Sunday, December 8
    Spring 2020 concert: Saturday, April 25
    Course Number: 660-060. 1 credit.
    Prerequisite: No audition required.
    Description: All-University Strings is open to string players regardless of major. No audition is required. All-University Strings meets on Monday evenings and performs one concert each semester.