College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder


University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra perform a diverse repertory including the symphonies or large-scale orchestral works of Bartok, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Dvorák, Gershwin, Kodály, Mahler, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Zwilich, among others. The Symphony Orchestra has performed in Boulder, Boettcher Hall in Denver, and Aspen. Solo appearances with the orchestra are awarded to students as a result of an annual concerto competition.

Principals from the Cleveland Orchestra will be on campus in early September to work with each section on repertoire from the first program. The first Symphony Orchestra program will again be featured on the CU Artist Series and will include the following repertoire:

Overture – TBA
Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 1 with Jeremy Denk, guest artist
Rachmaninoff– Symphony No. 2

Other major works planned for the coming season include (subject to change):

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4
R. Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Holst – The Planets
Carter Pann – World Premiere of new work
Dan Kellogg - Water Music (Colorado Premiere, written for the KC Symphony and the opening of their new concert hall)
Creston – Marimba Concerto
Haydn – Cello Concerto in C

Auditions for the Fall 2014 semester are open to all students at CU. 

String auditions will be held in August. String audition excerpts will be posted on this website and available for download in mid-July.  All string majors planning to participate in the University Symphony Orchestra will audition through this process. Wind and percussion auditions will be held in August. 

Campus Orchestra

The Campus Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of music and non-music majors which delivers one concert performance each semester. The ensemble performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Baroque through Contemporary periods in both string and full-orchestra settings and rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room E-160 of the College of Music.  String instrument musicians of any major interested in participating should attend the first meeting of the ensemble in August in room E-160 in the College of Music.  A short, simple audition (more information at the first meeting) will be required for final admission into the group.  This audition will include performing a three-octave major scale and other basic skills.Wind, brass and percussion students earn placement into this ensemble through College of Music studio auditions at the beginning of each semester.  Any questions should be directed to Gary Lewis