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Orchestral Ensembles

double bass section in an orchestra concert

The UI 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.

University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra is holding string auditions Tuesday, January 17th. Please visit the links below to sign up for a time, and to see audition materials and supplemental information. If you have any questions, please email the orchestra manager at

UISO String Audition Information

Bass Information

Cello Information

Viola Information 

Violin Information 

Violin 2 Information

Sign up for auditions

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 are limited (a scale and a short excerpt of your choice). We will welcome up to 3 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 5 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor+ 1 bass), 1 tuba, 1 timpani, and 2 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.

Join us and bring a friend!