The University of Iowa School of Music offers two orchestral ensembles accommodating every level of musicianship. Each orchestra offers a unique opportunity to study a wide range of orchestral repertoire, from core orchestral masterworks to intimate chamber works.

UI Symphony Orchestra

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra has been hailed as one of the finest university orchestras in the U.S. In addition, this organization is one of the leaders in the premiering and promoting of new literature.

Schedule for string auditions:

  • Violin - Monday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in VOX 5300 (chamber room on the fifth floor)
  • Viola - Monday, Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in VOX 2 (lowest floor)
  • Violoncello - Tuesday, Aug. 22 from noon to 2 p.m., in VOX 5400
  • Double Bass - Tuesday, Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon, in VOX 5400

These will be blind auditions, and last no more than six minutes each. 

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Please download the excerpts that we will ask for each instrument:

Campus Symphony Orchestra

Designed specifically for non-music majors who wish to continue playing their instrument while studying at the University, audition will be required for winds and percussion as the number of players is limited (a scale and a short excerpt of your choice). We will welcome up to three flutes, three oboes, three clarinets, three bassoons, five horns, two trumpets, three trombones, two tenor and one bass), one tuba, one timpani, and two percussion players. No audition is required for strings to be admitted into the ensemble, however, there will be a short audition for seating arrangement only (a scale and short excerpt of your choice). This unique experience includes students from diverse academic pursuits throughout the university.

The CSO performs one concert per semester and various community service-oriented performances on a request basis. CSO is conducted by graduate conducting majors. This group meets on Tuesdays, from 6-7:20 p.m. in VOX 2400.

Join us and bring a friend!

Audition times in VOX 2

Monday, August 26, 6 PM to 9 PM

Tuesday, August 27, 6 PM to 9 PM

Wednesday, August 28, 6 PM to 9 PM

Thursday, August 29, 6 PM to 9 PM

Please prepare a scale and short excerpt that best demonstrates your musicianship.

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Please email with any questions.

Concert schedule for the 2023-2024 Season

  • Cycle 2 - Opera - Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m.. and Sunday, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m., Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
    • Mascagni L’amico Fritz
  • Cycle 3 - UISO - Thursday, Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m., VOX Concert Hall
    • Shaw Entr'acte
    • Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
  • Cycle 4 - UISO and Choral Concert, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium
    • Britten War Requiem
  • Cycle 5 - UISO - Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., VOX Concert Hall
    • Glinka Ruslan and Ludmila Overture
    • Higdon Viola Concerto
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 3
  • Cycle 6 - UISO - Wed., March 27 at 7:30 p.m., VOX Concert Hall
    • Concerto Competition winners:
      • All areas should have their finalists chosen by Oct. 28.
      • The final adjudication will take place on Sunday, Nov. 12 from 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall.
  • Cycle 7 - Opera - Friday, April 26, 10a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., Hancher Auditorium
    • Menefield Fierce
  • Cycle 8 - UISO - Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m., VOX Concert Hall
    • Hu Please Remember Me
    • Haydn Trumpet Concerto
    • Nielsen Symphony No. 5