orchestra performance
Welcome to CU Orchestras!

Welcome to CU Orchestras! We offer a range of repertoire for all levels of musicians at the University of Colorado Boulder. Below, read more about our ensemble offerings.


CU Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia 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 and has recently appeared with such artists as cellist Johannes Moser, pianist Jeremy Denk, jazz pianist and Academy Award winning composer Dave Grusin.  In addition, the orchestra has also recently appeared with pop artist Natalie Merchant and their live recording with the Indigo Girls was released last summer.  The orchestra enjoys a regular collaboration with the principal musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra during a biennial residency on the CU Boulder campus. Solo appearances with the orchestra are awarded to students as a result of an annual concerto competition.

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. There is no formal audition required for admission into this ensemble. String instrument musicians of any major interested in participating should attend the first meeting of the ensemble, Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. in room E-160 in the College of Music. In order to aid with placement within the ensemble, or to be considered for a leadership position, a short audition may be requested. More information about this will be presented at the first meeting.  Wind, brass and percussion students may earn placement into this ensemble through College of Music studio auditions at the beginning of each semester. Any questions should be directed to to John McKeever at campusorchestra@colorado.edu.


Gary Lewis
Director of Orchestras

The Bands and Orchestras also include an Instructor in Percussion, Mike Tetreault, who coaches duirng student ensemble rehearsals. Few collegiate music programs have an expert of his expertise level coaching large ensembles.