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.


 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.

Spring 2020 auditions - Tuesday 1/14 & Wednesday 1/15, Dr. Kono's office (Music Building A311).

For auditions, you should expect to play:

  • Solo of your choice
  • E-flat and A major scales (concert pitch) in as many octaves as possible
  • Sight-reading

Please have your instrument ready and the form filled before entering the audition room.

Students who would like to be considered for the 1st violin section should email Dr. Kono for additional material.

If you cannot audition during the available time, please contact Dr. Kono.

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.

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

New students who wish to join the orchestra in spring should contact the conductor before the beginning of the spring semester in January. Auditions will be scheduled at the first week of the semester. If new students audition, then certain current woodwind and brass players may need to re-audition for the spring term.

All high school students wishing to join the UVM Symphony must fulfill two requirements:
1. student must be a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association orchestra or similar youth orchestra.
2. student must be a member of school orchestra (or band for wind/brass/percussion players).  If there is no orchestra or band at the current school, please submit a letter of permission from a music teacher.

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.


Yutaka Kono
(802) 656-7767

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