Members of the Illinois State University (ISU) 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 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 Mozart’s Requiem William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast Verdi’s Messa de Requiem Shostakovich Symphonies No. 5, 10
(MUS 182, 282, 482)
70+ 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 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.