Orchestra for Non-Majors

and for Music Majors playing a Secondary Instrument


The Ohio State University Community Orchestra (OSUCO) is open to the Ohio State community including students, faculty, staff and alumni. Previous playing experience on your instrument is required. All orchestral instruments are welcome.

Music majors may enroll in the orchestra on a secondary instrument.

Auditions are not required. Information about optional auditions for principal seating will be provided at the first rehearsal of the semester.

The orchestra performs one concert, at the close of each semester.


Each term, all members of this ensemble must enroll to be eligible to play. Members of the orchestra receive a grade based on participation and performances. 

  • Course Title — Small Ensemble: Miscellaneous
  • Undergraduate Course Number: MUSIC 2208.99, section 010 (.05–1 credit)
  • Graduate Course Number: MUSIC 7208.99, section 191 (1 credit)

ATTENTION! Ohio State faculty/staff and community members interested in joining the orchestra should contact the Office of Distance Education and eLearning for Extended Education enrollment information.

For more information, contact the instructor, April Whyte.


First-Year Undergraduate String Orchestra is not offered during the academic year 2019–2020. This orchestra (FYUSO) is a string chamber ensemble for first-year non-music majors who have played violin, viola, cello or bass in high school and are enrolled at The Ohio State University.