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Orchestra Overview

​Orchestral Activities, led by James Allen Anderson, at the University of Delaware comprise three specifically missioned ensembles, serving a total of more than 100 students from across the entire University.


Fall 2014 Ensemble Auditions

Monday, August 25
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Puglisi Orchestra Hall
Thank you for your interest in the UD orchestra program.  Links to the string excerpts are listed below. Please complete the Orchestra Participant Information Form prior to signing up for an audition spot.  Once you have completed the form, sign up for an audition time.
Please do not change your time once you have committed to a slot. Each audition will be approximately 8 minutes in length. Make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition. Warm up and tune your instrument before you enter the room.  Be prepared to play all assigned excerpts plus a short solo selection (2 - 4 minutes of music); ideally something that demonstrates both slow/lyrical and fast/technical ability.
Symphony Orchestra

​The University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra is an 80-plus member auditioned ensemble comprised of the finest undergraduate and graduate students from the distinguished Department of Music. The UDSO presents five to six concerts a year and performs literature from the standard orchestral repertoire spanning the Baroque to the contemporary, as well as collaborations with Department of Music choral ensembles and faculty, and guest soloists and conductors.

Recent performances have included masterpieces such as Brahms's Symphony No. 1, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, as well as works from contemporary composers such as Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty, Eric Ewazen and Christopher Theofanidis. The UDSO frequently participates in domestic and international tours. In 2009, the UDSO was a featured performer at the Music Educator’s National Conference regional convention in Providence, Rhode Island. Upcoming opportunities include a tour of China in May of 2013. Admittance is by audition only.

Player Information Sheet


Rehearsal Times:

Tuesday/Thursday 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra

​​Chamber Orchestra is a select group of student musicians with a fixed number of string players of 15, and winds and percussion as programming demands. The Chamber Orchestra plays one program per semester to provide the highest-level performance experience of mature, sophisticated chamber orchestra literature. The Chamber Orchestra also serves as the orchestra for UD Opera Theater. Run-out concerts to regional venues are also part of the group’s mission. Admittance by audition only.


Rehearsal Times:

Wednesday 4:30-7:40 p.m.

University Strings
​​University Strings was created to provide an opportunity for any and all student string players on campus to participate in a music making experience regardless of their ability. A wide variety of string ensemble repertoire is played. No audition required.