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.

Auditions for the Fall 2015 semester are open to all students at CU. String auditions will be held on Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25. The precise schedule, along with signup sheets, will be posted Monday, August 17 outside E160 on the Orchestra bulletin board in the College of Music. All string majors are expected to audition through this process. See below for string audition materials.

Wind and percussion auditions will be held beginning Friday, August 21. Audition materials for winds and percussion are available at

The first Symphony Orchestra program will likely include the following repertoire:

  • Wagner – Prelude to Act III of “Lohengrin”
  • Kodály – Háry János Suite
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances

**Please note the following information regarding string audition materials

All strings should be responsible for the following:

  1. The entire Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances part (likely excerpts are listed with audition materials)
  2. In addition to the Rachmaninoff, cellos have one excerpt from Wagner – Lohengrin and double basses have one excerpt from Wagner – Lohengrin and one from Strauss – Ein Heldenleben.
  3. All should prepare a short work of your choice which best demonstrates your playing.
  4. Violinists have the option of choosing between preparing Violin I or Violin II excerpts. However, ultimate placement for the first concert will be made by the faculty.
2015 String audition materials

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, Wednesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. 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 at


Ensemble Contact Information:

Diana Wilson, Program Assistant


Office Location: Room E172, Imig Music Building

Office Phone: 303-492-6584

Mailing Address: 301 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0301