Members of the Illinois State University (ISU) Symphony Orchestra are active each semester performing instrumental, choral, and operatic works.
Past performances have included works such as:
Richard Strauss' Death and Transfiguration
Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony
Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps, Petrouchka, Firebird Suite, Apollo musagetes
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Symphony No. 5, and Symphony No. 9
Copland's Appalachian Spring and Music for the Theater
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast
Verdi’s Messa de Requiem
Shostakovich Symphonies No. 5, 10
(MUS 182, 282, 482)
The Illinois State University Symphony performs some of the most challenging music in the orchestral repertoire. The ISU Symphony performs six complete concert cycles each academic year, including the annual choral program in October; the Music for the 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 or musical, produced in conjunction with the Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance.
The School of Music is pleased to add a second string orchestra, the Philharmonia. The Philharmonia is for string non-majors who want to perform less difficult music. The ensemble rehearses MWF noon-12:50 p.m. and performs two concerts each semester. Advanced high school level string only repertoire for non-major students who want to continue playing.
Annual Ochestra Concerto-Aria Competition Rules and Application (Information coming Fall 2022)
For more information
Dr. Glenn Block
Director of Orchestras,
Professor of Conducting