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What's New

Last year, we presented three concerts exploring the intersection of music with other arts: "Music and Pictures," "Music and Dance" and "Music and Word."  We ...

  • Played music from video games alongside orchestral masterpieces like Mussorgy's "Pictures at an Exhibition" (with a stunning projection of Sky Bergman's video interpretation of the piece) and Respighi's "Trittico Botticeliano" (with a likewise stunning video by symphony member Tyler Whipple).
  • Invited Cal Poly's Orchesis Dance Company to perform new choreography by directors Diana Stanton and Michelle Walter, and ...
  • Performed Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" with narrator Josh Machamer and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" (without).  

Congratulations to all of our guest artists, and to the members of the Symphony who worked together to pull it all off.

Our 2013-2014 Season promises to be tremendous fun.  Come check it out!


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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