The UVM Symphony Orchestra performs.

The University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra is a 70 member ensemble of university students and community members. All university students and interested community members who play an orchestral instrument  are invited to audition.

 

Students who play in the orchestra major in a variety of different subjects. This year, students in the orchestra are majoring in music, psychology, computer science, foreign languages, history, elementary education, art, natural resources, and many other disciplines. The orchestra performs several times each year, and plays a variety of baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth century repertoire.

Each spring, we also hold a concerto competition, a chance for UVM students to play a solo with the orchestra.

Auditions

 All students regardless of major are welcome to audition for the University Symphony Orchestra. Faculty, staff and community members are also welcome to audition, although students are given priority. In general, most woodwind, brass, and percussion positions are filled by students, while the string sections are a mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Community members who play strings only need to audition once.

Fall 2020 auditions - VIDEO AUDITION ONLY.

  1. Video record the following:
    • Solo of your choice that represents your current level
    • E-flat and A major scales (concert pitch) at the tempo and the number of of octaves that represents your current level
    • For the 1st violin section, record this orchestra excerpt from the beginning to the second measure of line 6.
  2. It must show both hands and face at all times
  3. It must be recorded horizontally (movie format), and not vertically as social media videos
  4. Video must be uploaded to YouTube or similar video stream website
  5. Fill out this form to send the audition video link
  6. Due date: 9/2/2020

Students who miss auditions are welcome to audition at a later date if there are any vacant positions remaining.

Faculty, staff and community members are also welcome to audition, although students are given priority. In general, most woodwind, brass, and percussion positions are filled by students, while the string sections consist mostly of students with a few community members. Community members interested in playing in the woodwinds, brass or percussion sections are contacted after the student auditions are complete and informed of any vacant positions. Community members who play strings only need to audition once. Because of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, high school students are discouraged from participating this semester.

2019-20 Concert Schedule

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 7:30 PM

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Kim Diehnelt: Striadica: A Symphonic Passage
Sibelius: Spring Song
Mussorgsky/Tushmalov: Pictures at an Exhibition
Franz Krommer: Concerto for Two Clarinets, No. 1, Op. 35
featuring Concerto Competition winners Bailey Brown and Ginny Churchill

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30 PM

Elizabeth Raum: Fanfare Overture (2002)
Gioacchino Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (1817)
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff: Fantasia on Serbian Themes, op. 6 (1867)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Danse nègre, op. 35, no. 4 (1898)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (1881)

Special guest actors, Juls Sundberg and Julia Sioss will perform the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Past Concerts

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:30 PM

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, IV and V
Bizet: Overture to L'Arlesienne
Florence Price: Symphony No. 1, mvt. I
Badelt/Ricketts: Pirates of the Caribbean
Doppler: Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise (ft. concerto competition winner Kylie Elliott, flute)

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 7:30 PM

Beethoven: Ruins of Athens Overture
Gwyneth Walker: Open the Door
Jennifer Higdon: Soliloquy, cello: Prof. Emily Taubl
Dvorak: Rondo, cello: Prof. Emily Taubl
Stravinsky: Suite from Firebird (1919)

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:30 pm

Symphony No. 5, Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 20, Mozart
Swan Lake Suite, Tchaikovsky
Dusk, Bryant
Symphony No. 9, Dvorak

Saturday, November 11, 2017, 7:30 pm

On Top of the World, Balmages
The Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky
Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin, Wagner
Capriccio Espagnol, Rimsky-Korsakov

Close up of the orchestra cello section.

Conductor

Yutaka Kono
Yutaka.Kono@uvm.edu
(802) 656-7767

Orchestra (MU 123) rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 7:00-9:30.