The University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra program is one of the most robust university programs on the west coast and is made up of three orchestras.
The University Symphony is the flagship orchestra made up of the finest string, wind, brass, and percussion players at the University and performs repertoire spanning a broad time frame encompassing a wide variety of musical styles. The UOSO is committed to a robust musical experience for both students and audiences. Audiences enjoy thoughtful and exciting programming delivered by fresh musical talent, while students gain valuable experience by playing the finest repertoire, collaborating with living composers, guest conductors, and soloists. Members of the UOSO do not merely “put on concerts,” but are also encouraged to better understand and appreciate the music they perform, as well as the music-making process itself. The UOSO performs six symphonic programs throughout the academic year and also collaborates regularly with the University Singers and serves as the pit orchestra for UO Opera. Repertoire highlights include Mozart Symphony #41, Beethoven Symphony #5, Brahms Symphony #1, Tchaikovsky Symphony #4, Bruckner Symphony #4, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, and Ravel Daphnis et Chloe
The Oregon Camerata is a highly select chamber orchestra made up of performance majors from the UOSO. The Camerata is the most advanced ensemble in the orchestra program using the player pool concept, often employing single string, wind, brass, and percussion parts. The Camerata also operates using a professional model work flow only rehearsing four to five times before performing. Repertoire highlights include, Copland- Appalachian Spring (original 13 instrument version), Daugherty- Flamingo, Crumb- Vestiges of a Distant Time, and Bach- Overture from Orchestral Suite #3
The Campus Orchestra is a string orchestra designed for students from all academic disciplines to participate in a low-stress orchestra which rehearses one night a week. It allows students from other majors to continue playing their instrument and socialize with other musicians, and gives an opportunity for string education majors to practice secondary instruments. Repertoire highlights include Britten- Simple Symphony, Stamitz- Mannheim Symphony and Sibelius- Andante Festivo.
The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance is the flagship music program in the state, and one of the finest programs in the region offering Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in Music. There are approximately 500 music majors and 80 faculty.