University Orchestra

Conducted by Susan Deaver

The University Orchestra is an all-student ensemble featuring undergraduate music majors and talented undergraduate students at Stony Brook University.  In addition to weekly rehearsals and a concert series at Staller Center, the University Orchestra, in conjunction with the Department of Music, sponsors an annual concerto competition for undergraduate students at Stony Brook University.  Orchestra students are also involved in a series of orchestral readings and orchestral master classes given by Stony Brook Music Faculty.   The University Orchestra rehearses Tuesday evenings and holds auditions at the beginning of each semester for interested university students. Talented high school students from the Stony Brook Pre-College Program and the Stony Brook Young Scholars Program are also eligible to audition for the University Orchestra.

Auditions for the University Orchestra will be held on Monday, August 26 and Tuesday, August 27 in 2342 Staller. Openings for strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. To schedule an audition, please sign up at 2342 Staller or e-mail Susan Deaver, conductor of the University Orchestra at:

Students auditioning should prepare two short contrasting sections of a solo piece or concerto to demonstrate their music and technical skills. Auditions are open to students at Stony Brook University. The University Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra of over 70 students. In addition to weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings, the University Orchestra presents a series of concerts at Staller Center each semester.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 8 pm
University Orchestra
The University Orchestra’s opening concert, conducted by Susan Deaver, will feature two winners of the University 2013 Undergraduate Concerto Competition: violinist Philip Carter and clarinetist David Davani. The program includes Elgar, Imperial March; Saint-Saens, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28; Copland, Clarinet Concerto; and Brahms, Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73.
Tickets: $10/$5 • MS

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3 pm
Annual Messiah Sing-A-Long
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, February 25, 2014, 7:30 pm
Family Orchestra Concert
An annual favorite of the Stony Brook community, this concert of orchestral favorites will appeal to both children and adults alike. It also will feature the winner of the 2013 Pre-College Division Concerto Competition.
Tickets: $5 • MS

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 8 pm
University Orchestra
The University Orchestra, with conductor Susan Deaver, performs Alfven’s Midsommarvaka (Swedish Rhapsody No. 1) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35. The featured concerto soloist will be the winner of the 2013
University Undergraduate Concerto Competition.
Tickets: $10/$5 • MS


University Orchestra