Symphony Orchestra

UT Symphony OrchestraTHE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (UTSO) is quickly becoming recognized as one of the top bcollege orchestras in the nation. They have been featured since 2007 as part of The International Festival-Institute at Round Top’s yearly “August to April Series,” and in 2008 the group performed at The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. In 2009 they performed to wide acclaim at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in San Antonio, Texas. Students in UTSO have had the opportunity to work with noted musicians such as Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, William Bolcom and Claude Baker, in addition to featured appearances with UT’s world-renowned faculty of soloists and composers.

How to join

Membership in Symphony Orchestra is determined via auditions which are open to all qualified students at the Bulter School of Music. These auditions take place the first week of classes of the fall term, and are heard by the conductors and the appropriate applied music professor. Professor Zimmermann may call for auditions at the beginning of the spring term.

String Auditions

String students may sign up for an audition time, outside of MBE 2.118. The posting date of the sign-ups, as well as the list of excerpts, will be posted here soon. Please check back frequently.

Audition results will be posted on the Orchestra Board, just outside of the Orchestra Rehearsal Hall (MBE 2.118), shortly after the completion of all auditions. Students who do not qualify for Symphony Orchestra may be recommended for placement in the University Orchestra.

Audition Information Fall 2016

UT Symphony Orchestra audition information for the 2016/2017 academic year can be found here:

Audition dates and times (as well as signup protocol) have been posted on this website.  Please check back frequently for audition excerpt information.

 UTSO Dropbox

UTSO members, please go to the UTSO Dropbox to view current rehearsal schedules, resource recordings, and past rehearsal recordings! Just log in with your UTEID and password.

Contact Information

Gerhardt Zimmermann

Director of Orchestral Activities, Butler School of Music, University of Texas at Austin

(919) 215.1642

Music Director and Conductor, Canton Symphony Orchestra


Gerhardt Zimmermann

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