Members of the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra are active each semester performing instrumental, choral, and operatic works.
Any undergraduate or graduate student with orchestral experience is welcome to participate.
Participation is by audition.
All orchestras are classes for which you earn credit, pay tuition, and earn a grade
Past performances have included works such as:
Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 "Organ" Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Apollo Musagette Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 2, 5, and 9 Copland's Appalachian Spring and Music for Theater Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Verdi’s Messa de Requiem
(MUS 182, 282, 482)
75+ full-time students at Illinois State Orchestra members are accepted by audition only
Majority of performers are music education majors.
The Illinois State University Symphony performs some of the most challenging music in the orchestral repertoire. The Symphony performs six complete concert cycles each academic year, including the annual choral program in October, the Music for Holidays concerts in December, a concerto-aria concert featuring the School of Music's finest performers chosen from the annual competition, and the annual opera/musical, produced in conjunction with the Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance.
The Fall 2016 Symphony Orchestra concert cycles include riveting performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Verdi Requiem, and the annual Music for Holidays concerts. The Winter 2017 concerts will include Mozart Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter,” the musical “1776”, and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10.
For more information
Dr. Glenn Block Director of Orchestras, Professor of Conducting firstname.lastname@example.org (309)438-2540