University of Washington Symphony Orchestra

Students in the UW Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Steve Korn)
Students in the UW Symphony Orchestra (Photo: Steve Korn)

Musen 300/500

The top orchestral ensemble on campus, performing major symphonic literature, giving 6-7 concerts per year (an average of 2 per quarter).

This orchestra is made up of music majors and non majors alike. Seating auditions are held at the start of each academic year; seating rotates throughout the year. Open to both undergrads and graduate students.

Non music majors who may not be enrolled in lessons with faculty are welcome and are strongly encouraged to participate!

Led by Director of Orchestral Activities David Alexander Rahbee, the orchestra participates in ongoing collaborations with well known soloists, grammy award winning faculty including conductors Ludovic Morlot (Affiliate Professor of conducting) and Stephen Stubbs (Pacific MusicWorks), side-by-side concerts with Seattle Symphony and Pacific MusicWorks, a yearly performance in Benaroya Hall, as well as yearly collaborations with chorus. Also from time to time the orchestra is split up into smaller orchestras known as the UW Chamber Orchestra. 

Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm in Meany 268 (Friday rehearsals at 3:30 pm are held only on concert days).
Auditions: 

Auditions for the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra are held at the start of each school year, however, enrollment is ongoing on a space-available basis, especially for string players. For information about the audition process, or to find out if there is space available, please write directly to Dr. Rahbee at darahbee@uw.edu.