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USU Symphony Orchestra

 

USU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MUSC 3500 (DHA) - 1 cr. - Fall & Spring Semesters

Directed by: Dr. Sergio Bernal

Open to: All full-time USU students, undergraduate to graduate, but audition required for admission

Audition information/materials:  The entrance/seating auditions for AY 2019-2020 will be done by video. Audition videos are due August 1, 2019. Detailed audition information and materials are available at Orchestra Auditions.

Overview: Known for its exciting concerts and innovative combined productions, the USU Symphony Orchestra offers high-quality experience to music majors and non-majors that heightens their command and enjoyment of the symphonic repertoire. The orchestra frequently presents international guests and faculty soloists in its concerts. Recent guests include conductor Christoph Campestrini (Vienna Hofmusikkapelle), mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford (Metropolitan Opera), and Deutsche Grammophon recording artist Francisco “Pacho” Flores (trumpet). Next season will feature Berlin Philharmonic bassist Edicson Ruiz, composer Clarisse Assad, and the Fry Street Quartet. Among the orchestra’s past collaborative concerts are Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Cache Children’s Choir and Women of the USU Choirs, Beethoven’s Ninth with the American Festival Chorus, and Mahler’s Fifth and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the University of Utah Philharmonia. Fully-staged productions have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream with USU Theatre, The Magic Flute and Elixir of Love with USU Opera Theatre, Sleeping Beauty with the Cache Civic Ballet, and Appalachian Spring with the Martha Graham Dance Company (for whom Copland wrote the music in 1944).  Repertoire highlights of the 2019-2020 season are: Firebird Suite (1919) by Igor Stravinsky, Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius, and Three Dances from the Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla.


USU Wind Orchestra

 

WIND ORCHESTRA

MUSC 4700 (DHA) - 1 cr. - Spring Semesters

Directed by: Dr. Thomas Rohrer

Open to: All full-time USU students, undergraduate to graduate

Audition info: Audition is required; contact director for information.

Overview:  The Wind Orchestra, the "flagship ensemble" of the USU Bands, is a 45-member ensemble of the finest wind and percussion players in the school.  It plays the finest in contemporary wind music as well as time-tested standards from the band repertoire.  The Wind Orchestra performs three concerts each semester, and entrance is gained to the ensemble by audition at the outset of each semester.  The ensemble has performed at the Utah Music Educators Convention and the College Band Directors National Association Western Division Conference.  


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CACHE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

MUSC 3530 - 1 cr. - Fall & Spring Semesters 

Directed by: Dr. Mark Emile

Open to: All musicians -- students and non-students

Audition info: Audition is required; contact director for information.

Overview:  The Cache Symphony Orchestra is a college-community ensemble made up of musicians from all walks of life. For information on upcoming concerts, please visit arts.usu.edu. For information on joining the symphony orchestra, please contact the conductor, Dr. Mark Emile at mark.emile@usu.edu. More information can be obtained at http://cachesymphonyorchestra.wordpress.com/


See also BandsJazz Ensembles, and Chamber Ensembles.