Symphony Orchestra on stage

Symphony Orchestra

The Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO), with a history dating back to 1890, is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire from the Baroque era until our days, including world premieres by contemporary composers. The ensemble combines undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in pursue of high artistic standards, as well as the professional and artistic growth of its members.

The ensemble has an extensive performance schedule on and off campus, which includes in addition to the orchestral repertoire, a full opera production, concertos with renowned soloists as well as student soloists, choral-symphonic repertoire, ballet and music from other traditions and genres.

Fall 2017 Auditions


Note from the director: HELLO STRING STUDENTS! EXCITING NEWS! Our orchestra became one of the 8 finalists for the 2016 American Prize, competing with college orchestras from all over the US. I hope you will enjoy watching a video of our recent performance of Arcade Variations, a composition about video games that Dr Per Bloland dedicated to us: Arcade Variations.

Below you will find two links to sets of audition materials. This year the process of audition is slightly different for incoming members of the orchestra, make sure you follow the link that reflects your history with the ensemble. All instructions for audition are contained within the document. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

New String Member Audition Excerpts »
Existing String Member Audition Excerpts »

Woodwinds and brass

Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble take one audition to be considered for either or both ensembles. Auditions are held during the first three days of classes, in the evening. An online sign-up form for audition times will be available here in August of 2017.

Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Fall 2017. Find your instrument within the set and download the excerpts to prepare. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

Wind Audition Excerpts »

For more information, contact director Ricardo Averbach,