The Cal Poly Symphony Orchestra performed as the showcase ensemble at the 2012 Washington DC International Music Festival, held April 27 through May 1. Our performance in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was the capstone to the festival, and was the culmination of the Symphony’s first tour outside the state of California! The Symphony was a huge hit, and performed at the top of its game. Congratulations to all!
While we may not be leaving the state this season, we do have a great season lined up. Each of our three main concerts will explore the intersection of music with another art:
The Cal Poly Symphony will perform at 8PM in the Performing Arts Center on Friday, 19 April. We will be performing "Vltava" from Ma Vlast by Bedrich Smetana (Die Moldau) and Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez.
We will also have a booth at the Activity Fair throughout the day on Saturday. Please stop by and meet some of the current members of the Symphony!
Fall - "Music and Pictures," a collaboration with Sky Bergman, an internationally exhibited and published photographer who serves as the chair of Cal Poly’s Art and Design Department
Winter - "Music and Dance," 9 March 2013, a collaboration with Orchesis, Cal Poly’s established concert dance organization
Spring - "Music and Word," 1 June 2013, a collaboration with Josh Machamer, a Cal Poly distinguished teacher and associate chair of the Theatre and Dance Department
Make sure to check out our calendar of events for more information!
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.
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