Orchestral Ensembles

The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra at Mershon

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; premières of works by School of Music composition faculty and the annually appointed student composer-in-residence. 

Two annual Concerto Competitions provide solo opportunities for student winners to perform with the orchestra. The undergraduate/master's competition (held in late November) is open to the Ohio State Master of Music and undergraduate music major, as well as non-major students enrolled for applied instruction with a School of Music faculty member in the autumn and spring. The DMA competition (late April) is open to returning Ohio State DMA students. 

Visit the Ohio State School of Music YouTube channel to enjoy performances by the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra.

Visit Symphony Orchestra Auditions.

Undergraduate: MUSIC 2215.01 | Graduate: MUSIC 7215.01
Miriam Burns, conductor | Classes meet 3 days/week:
Tue./Thu. 1:50–3:55 (all), Wed. 5:20–6:15 (strings only)

  • Please consult Class Search to confirm course meeting times and locations.

Campus Orchestra

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

Campus Orchestra with Malik Khalfani, conductor

The Campus Orchestra is a FULL orchestra, with all orchestral instruments welcome. Campus Orchestra provides an opportunity for non-music majors to further their musical development, make new friends and experience the artistry of performing in a collegiate orchestral ensemble. Campus Orchestra is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni who have previous playing experience on their instrument.

This orchestra is also open to music majors with experience on a secondary instrument.

The Ohio State Campus Orchestra does not require a formal audition for entrance. Look for audition details in Carmen.

Malik Khalfani, conductor

Miriam Burns, instructor of record

MUSIC 5215.03
Undergraduate class number: 36245
Graduate class number: 36244

Class meets Mondays 5:20–6:45 p.m.

  • Please consult Class Search to confirm course meeting times and locations.