Campus Philharmonia Orchestras

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Winter Quarter 20201

In response to the pandemic, the Campus Philharmonia Orchestra will be offered in Winter Quarter 2021 as a remote course until state and university guidelines related to COVID-19 allow for safe in-person instruction. Meeting times are Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm-8:00pm via Zoom.

The curriculum for the online format is currently under development and will focus on remote playing of instruments, including audio and video recording in and out of class time. The principal goal for adapting the CPO to an online format is to provide a fun and interactive collaborative environment that fosters community through music-making and that will prepare students for the eventual return to in-person ensemble playing.

For a full description of how the CPO ensemble normally operates during regular in-person activities, refer to the information below.

Students interested in participating in the Campus Philharmonia Orchestras' Winter Quarter 2021 online course should email Daren Weissfisch at dweiss20@uw.edu.


The Campus Philharmonia Orchestras perform one concert per quarter. They are open to non-music majors at both the undergrad and graduate levels, as well as faculty, staff and community members who play an orchestral instrument. The course is led/conducted entirely by UW conducting students, under the supervision of  Dr. David Alexander Rahbee, Director of Orchestral Activities, and Ludovic Morlot, Affiliate Professor of conducting.

The orchestra also serves as a workshop for the conducting students, under the leadership of Dr. Rahbee and Maestro Morlot. Highlights include performances with choirs as well as a performance with the winner of the high school concerto competition.

At present, The Campus Philharmonia Orchestras consist of two full orchestras of equal stature (MUSEN 210A and MUSEN 210B), rehearsal times are different to help accommodate students' schedules.

Rehearsals are held once per week: Tuesday evenings, from 7-8pm Via Zoom. (MUSEN 210A) and from 7:00-9:00 in Music Building Room 35 (MUSEN 210B)
Auditions: 

Auditions are officially held at the start of each school year, however, enrollment is ongoing throughout the year, on a space-available basis. For information about the audition process, or to find out of there is space available, please write directly to Daren Weissfisch,  dweiss20@uw.edu, or Rylan Virnig, rvirnig@uw.edu

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