The University Orchestra with 70 to 75 undergraduate students presents a series of concerts at Staller Center each semester. Past repertoire has included Beethoven Symphony No. 3 and No. 7, Brahms Symphony No. 2 and No. 4, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and No. 5, Dvorak Symphony No. 8 and No. 9 "New World", Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and other major orchestral repertoire including overtures and concertos. It is a very diverse orchestra made up of both music majors and minors, as well as qualified non-majors who have been involved in music in their high schools, music festivals and youth orchestras. Rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in 0111 Staller.
AUDITIONS on Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23 in Staller 2342. Sign up sheet for the auditions will be posted next to Staller 3304 the week before classes begin so that students can sign up for an audition when they arrive on campus. For the audition, students just need to play two short contrasting excerpts from a solo or concerto of their choice OR three contrasting standard orchestral excerpts.
FIRST REHEARSAL on Tuesday, January 23 in 0111 Staller from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
2017 Performance Schedule Coming Soon
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 8 pm
The University Orchestra’s opening concert features Mozart’s overture to Don Giovanni, Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor, “Winter Dreams.” Conducted by Susan Deaver.
Tickets: $10/$5 • MS
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3 pm
The audience is the chorus in this seasonal tradition at Stony Brook. The performance features members of the University Orchestra, guest soloists and conductors in a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Scores will be available for purchase at the door.
Tickets: Free admission • RH
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7:30 pm
“Adventures in Orchestral Music”: This one-hour concert, an annual favorite of the Stony Brook community, will feature pieces by well-known classical composers, including John Williams. Featuring the winner of the 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition; conducted by Susan Deaver.
Tickets: $5 • MS
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 8 pm
Spotlighting Beethoven, Coriolan Overture, and Brahms, Symphony No. 4. Featuring the winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Concerto Competition; conducted by Susan Deaver.
Tickets: $10/$5 • MS