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. String audition excerpts will be available on this website and for download. All string majors are expected to audition through this process. Wind and percussion auditions will be held beginning Thursday, August 20. Audition materials for winds and percussion are available at 

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 29, 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