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About the OSU Symphony Orchestra

The OSU Symphony Orchestra puts on approximately six annual performances and provides music for the OSU Opera Theater's fully staged productions. The OSUSO also  serves as the lab orchestra for various academic classes, from composition to orchestral conducting.  


Highlights of recent seasons include performances of symphonies by Beethoven, Borodin, Dvorak, Franck, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky.  The OSUSO also frequently performs music by women composers, such as Emma Lou Diemer, Lita Grier, and Alice Mary Smith, as well as composers of color, including Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Clarence Cameron White, and Florence Price.



In 2020, the OSUSO was the only university orchestra program in the country invited to perform at the College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference in Vancouver, BC.  In 2018, the OSUSO won 1st Place in the Ictus International Band & Orchestra Competition and received the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.  Additionally, the OSUSO was named a finalist in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance Competition and performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference in Tulsa in 2013 and 2018.

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