The UWSP Symphony Orchestra is renowned for its performance of both the standard orchestral repertoire as well as contemporary music. Selected through an audition process, the ensemble is made up of students from across the university. While the majority of players are music majors or minors, many other fields of study are represented including Communications, Biology, Environmental Education and others. The ensemble rehearses twice a week and performs several concerts per year. In addition, the orchestra hosts an annual high school string festival each February. The orchestra also combines with the UWSP choirs on a bi-annual basis to present the great orchestra/choral works. Some of the literature the UWSPSO has performed in recent years includes Mahler's Symphony #4, Beethoven Symphony #3 and #7, Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem, Bartok's Dance Suite, Tchaikovsky Symphonies #4 and #5 and Gustav Holst's The Planets. The orchestra has been conducted by Dr. Patrick Miles since 1990. Top students in the orchestra may be invited to audition for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra as well.
Patrick Miles, Symphony Director (NFAC 322, 346-2027, firstname.lastname@example.org). The Symphony Orchestra performs the standard symphonic literature as well as works by contemporary composers and collaborates with the opera workshop and choirs in performances. It is open to any university student through audition.
Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:50 PM.
Registration: Music 342, Section 1, 1 or 2 credits.
*String seating auditions will take place during the first week of classes at the regularly scheduled time for orchestra rehearsals.