Orchestral Ensembles


The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra at Mershon

For over a century, the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra has been the premier orchestral ensemble on campus.

For School of Music graduate and undergraduate students — as well as accomplished non-major instrumentalists — the Symphony Orchestra offers a professional-level symphonic experience and the fellowship of young artists with a commitment to musical excellence.

Over its annual season, the students in the Symphony work with a broad range of repertoire and support the School’s major productions. Over the past few seasons, the Ohio State Symphony audiences have heard performances of symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich; choral works of Verdi and Brahms; premières of works by School of Music composition faculty and the annually appointed student composer-in-residence. 

Two annual Concerto Competitions provide solo opportunities for student winners to perform with the orchestra. The undergraduate/master's competition (held in late November) is open to the Ohio State Master of Music and undergraduate music major, as well as non-major students enrolled for applied instruction with a School of Music faculty member in the autumn and spring. The DMA competition (late April) is open to returning Ohio State DMA students. 

Visit the Ohio State School of Music YouTube channel to enjoy performances by the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra.

Visit Symphony Orchestra Auditions.

Undergraduate: MUSIC 2215.01 | Graduate: MUSIC 7215.01
Miriam Burns, conductor |
Classes meet 3 days/week:
Tue./Thu. 1:50–3:55 (all), Wed. 5:20–6:15 (strings only)

Please refer to the Class Schedule to confirm course meeting times and locations.

The Ohio State University Community Orchestra

Orchestra for Non-Majors and Music Majors Playing a Secondary Instrument

Community Orchestra performing

The Community Orchestra is a FULL orchestra, with all orchestral instruments welcome. Community Orchestra provides an opportunity for non-music majors to further their musical development, make new friends and experience the artistry of performing in a collegiate orchestral ensemble. OSUCO is open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

There is no formal audition for Community Orchestra, but previous experience on your instrument is required. Informal seating auditions will be held at the start of the semester. 

This orchestra is also open to music majors with experience on a secondary instrument.

Jae Park, conductor

Miriam Burns, instructor of record

Undergraduate: MUSIC 2208.99010 | Graduate: MUSIC 7208.99010
Class meets Mon. 5:20
6:45 p.m.

Please refer to the Class Schedule to confirm course meeting times and locations.