Orchestral Ensembles

Ensemble Update for Academic Year 2020–2021

The Ohio State University orchestras, choirs and bands are committed to providing meaningful educational and performance experiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether instruction is online, in person/socially distanced, or a hybrid, the conducting and studio faculty continue to creatively plan instruction following state and university guidelines for student safety, while simultaneously preparing students for their professional life in music.


The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra auditions required

Ohio State Symphony Orchestra - Miriam Burns, conductor

For over a century, the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra has been the premier orchestral ensemble on campus.

For School of Music graduate and undergraduate students — as well as accomplished non-major instrumentalists — the Symphony Orchestra offers a professional-level symphonic experience and the fellowship of young artists with a commitment to musical excellence.

Over its annual season, the students in the Symphony work with a broad range of repertoire and support the School’s major productions. Over the past few seasons, the Ohio State Symphony audiences have heard performances of symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich; choral works of Verdi and Brahms; and premières of works by School of Music composition faculty.

Hear performances by the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra.

Visit Symphony Orchestra Auditions.


The Ohio State Community Orchestra

Orchestra for Non-Majors and Music Majors Playing a Secondary Instrument

NOTE: Due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ohio State Community Orchestra will not be offered in Autumn 2020.

The Ohio State Community Orchestra is an opportunity for non-music majors who are interested in furthering their musical development, as well as making new friends and experiencing the artistry of performing in a collegiate ensemble. OSUCO is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Previous playing experience on your instrument is required. All orchestral instruments are welcome.

The orchestra is also open to music majors playing a secondary instrument who have previous performance experience on the instrument.