School of Music & Dance

101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

A close-up view of a bow on the strings of a cello.


Symphony Orchestra

Chad Hutchinson, Director of Orchestral Activities

The Symphony Orchestra is an organization of approximately 70+ string, woodwind, brass and percussion music majors, minors and non-music majors, which performs a wide variety of standard orchestral repertoire, new music and lesser-known orchestral literature.

The Symphony Orchestra performs on average six concerts per year, including the popular Halloween Concert in October and matinée children's concerts in December. Additionally, the orchestra performs in EMU's bi-annual Music Now Fest. The orchestra’s performances have received critical acclaim at the Midwestern Conference on School Vocal and Instrumental Music in Ann Arbor, and earned accolades from internationally known composers and conductors. Symphony Orchestra is offered during both the fall and winter semesters.


  • Full Orchestra: Tues. and Thurs. 1–2:50 p.m., 106 Alexander Music Building
  • String Orchestra: Wed. 1–2:50 p.m., 106 Alexander Music Building

Auditions in the Fall


All string students are to prepare a solo piece or etude of their choosing to be performed during the audition as well as these excerpts.  (the solo piece should be 2-3 minutes in duration)

Violins, violas and basses should sign up for a time slot on Wednesday, 9/4 starting at 3:00pm. 

Cello auditions will take place on Monday, 9/9 from 9-11am.

Winds and Percussion:

Woodwind, brass and percussion students choosing to audition for Symphony Orchestra may elect to be considered during their audition for Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band at the beginning of the fall semester. Please go to the Band audition page for information and downloadable PDFs of required excerpts, and to register for an audition.  



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