Orchestral Ensembles


Update for the 2021–2022 Academic Year

Our ensembles are committed to providing meaningful and educational experiences. Rehearsals and performances will return to pre-COVID practices (with possible exceptions) and are subject to change as health and safety guidelines evolve throughout the academic year.

We are excited to make music together again!

The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra auditions required

Ohio State Symphony Orchestra


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.

Undergraduate: MUSIC 2215.01 | Graduate: MUSIC 7215.01
Miriam Burns, conductor | Autumn 2021
Classes meet 3 days/week:
Tue./Thu. 1:50–3:55 (all), Wed. 5:20–6:15 (strings only) — Hughes 100 (Auditorium)

The Ohio State Community Orchestra

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

The Community Orchestra is a FULL orchestra, with all orchestral instruments welcome. Community 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. OSUCO is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

There is no formal audition for Community Orchestra, but previous experience on your instrument is required. Informal seating auditions will be held at the start of the semester. 

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

Autumn 2021 repertoire will include beloved favorites and new works, including:

  • Beethoven's Symphony No. 2
  • Rossini's William Tell Overture
  • Bizet's Suite from Carmen
  • Barber's Adagio

Jae Park and Malik Khalfani, conductors

Miriam Burns, instructor of record

Undergraduate: MUSIC 2208.99010 | Graduate: MUSIC 7208.99010
Class meets Mon. 5:20
6:15 p.m. | Autumn 2021 in Weigel Rm. 174