Literature includes works with artistic challenges for the collegiate-level player. Sectionals explore, in-depth, the interpretive and more complex aspects of orchestral music. Students in this orchestra also spend time sight-reading orchestral literature at each rehearsal. Compositions are commissioned and premiered. The annual Symphony Solo Competition, open only to students in this orchestra, features the winning soloist in concert with the Symphony Orchestra. String seating is rotated each trimester. Brass, woodwind and percussion usually rotate from piece to piece.
Symphony Orchestra repertoire
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique; Bernstein: Overture to West Side Story; Copland: Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban Overture; Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis; Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 & 3; Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Prokofiev: Suite No. 1 from Romeo and Juliet; Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2; Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, La Valse, poém chorégraphique; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Strauss, J.: “Overture” from Die Fledermaus; Strauss, R.: Don Juan, Der Rosenkavalier; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Pines of Rome; Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture