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Orchestral Ensembles

double bass section in an orchestra concert

The UI School of Music offers three 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. Dr. William LaRue Jones is Music Director.

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. The 2018-19 season will include literature such as Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Brahms' Symphony No. 1, Copeland's Appalachian Spring, and Yuzo Toyama's Rhapsody for Orchestra.

Auditions for membership are during the first week of classes each semester. (Orchestra winds and percussion are assigned by their respective studios.) For additional information about the UI orchestras, e-mail the orchestra manager.

UI Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is based around the ensemble format established during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Its repertoire covers a broad range from Classical and early Romantic composers to contemporary. The Chamber Orchestra presents two or more concerts each semester. 

Auditions for membership are during the first week of classes each semester (Orchestra winds and percussion are assigned by their respective studios). Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-2:20 p.m., room 2400 Voxman Music Building. Changes in registration should be made with the orchestra manager. For additional information about the UI orchestras, e-mail the orchestra manager.

All-University String Orchestra 

Designed specifically for non-music majors who wish to continue playing their string instrument while studying at the University, no audition is required, and registration may be done independently. This unique experience includes students from diverse academic pursuits throughout the university.

The AUSO performs one concert per semester and various community service oriented performances on a request basis. AUSO is conducted by graduate conducting majors in the studio of Dr. William LaRue Jones.

Join us and bring a friend! 

Contacts

Music Director: Dr. William LaRue Jones
4001 Voxman Music Building (VOX)
319-335-1628
music-orchestra@uiowa.edu