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What's New

With the arrival of Fall, the Cal Poly Symphony will audition new members, welcome back returning musicians and embark on its 2014-2015 season.

For our Fall Concert, "Symphony at the Opera," we will be joined by soprano Ciera Lamborn and tenor Christopher Campbell in the performance of some of the greatest opera music ever written.  In addition to presenting solo arias, our guest artists will join forces - as Mimì and Rodolfo - for a concert performance of the first act of La Bohème, from the moment when the two lovers meet.  Other repertoire will include Wagner's overture to Die Meistersinger, Glinka's overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Saint-Saëns' Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila, and Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville.

Our Winter Concert, "Student Soloists and Orchesis," will feature the winners of this year's solo competition.  The competition is open to student soloists of any major, and the prize for several of them - a performance with the Symphony, of course!  The program will also include our second collaboration with Orchesis, Cal Poly’s oldest concert dance organization.  Selections will be choreographed by Diana Stanton, Michelle Walter and Christy McNeil, and will include Karl Jenkins’ “Palladio” and Piazzola’s “Oblivion.”

For the final concert of the year, "Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5," the Symphony will undertake ... well, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5!  Faculty member Suzanne Duffy will also join the Symphony for a performance of Charles Griffes’ haunting “Poem for Flute and Orchestra.”

Our 2014-2015 Season promises to be tremendous fun.  Come experience it from a seat in the orchestra, or from the audience!


The Cal Poly Symphony is a select ensemble comprised of students pursuing a variety of majors on campus. It performs works by composers from the Baroque through Contemporary periods, with an emphasis on exemplary repertoire for full orchestra. The orchestra performs at least one major concert on campus at the end of each quarter, and tours annually.

Admission is by audition, with an informal interview at the beginning of the year. Mid-year auditions are also possible, depending on available space in the ensemble.

The orchestra offers scholarships for private lessons to non-music majors who are serious and wish to continue their studies. Our teachers are nationally accomplished performers and educators, and are committed to helping students master both solo and ensemble music.

Rehearsals are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room 216 of the H. P. Davidson Music Center, building 45.

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