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Orchestras at Iowa State have a long tradition of excellence, and the ISU Orchestra Program continues this tradition by presenting exciting, intellectually stimulating and emotionally moving concerts every year. The 2015-2016 season features a host of audience favorites including Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Stravinsky's The Firebird: Suite 1919, Respighi's Church Windows, and Shostakovitch's Symphony No. 5.

For the 2015-2016, we feature two of our amazing ISU faculty as soloists with the ISU Symphony. Borivoj Martinic-Jercic, Assistant Professor of Violin, will be performing Tchaikovsky's powerful and brilliant Violin Concerto for our opening concert of year. ISU's own, the Great Mike Giles, will be performing with the ISU Symphony as soloist for an incredible evening featuring selections from Charlie Parker's album Parker with Strings. Additionally, the ISU Symphony showcases some of the best student musicians on campus during its annual Concert of Soloists.

In November, the ISU Chamber Orchestra, with ISU Theatre and Opera Studio, will present a fully staged production of Mozart's Magic Flute in Fisher Theater.

Continuing our celebration of the American orchestral tradition and sustaining our commitment to the performance of living composers, the ISU Orchestra Program will be premiering two new works commissioned for the ISU Symphony this upcoming year. Professor Emeritus of Composition and Theory, Jeffrey Prater, will compose a new work for the ISU Symphony which will be premiered as part of the ISU Museums' 40th Anniversary Celebration in October. Michael-Thomas Foumai has been commissioned to write a new anime-inspired work that will be premiered in the Spring of 2016 by the ISU Symphony as part of our annual Concert of Soloists.

The ISU Orchestra Program is social! The ISU Symphony is on Facebook and Twitter, and we have our own YouTube Channel. Check out the links and take a look at clips from our past performances! Now that you can watch us, be sure to like us, and follow us too!

I am excited about the musical and educational opportunities this year. I hope you will join us either as a member of our orchestras or as a member of our audience. Please explore our newly updated site to find out more about upcoming concerts, how to join the orchestra, scholarship opportunities, and additional ways you can be a part of the amazing work these students do.


Thank you for your continued support!

Dr. Jacob Harrison
Director of Orchestral Activities
Iowa State University | 515.294.3978

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Dr. Jacob Harrison
Director of Orchestral Activities | 515.294.3978

109 Music Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011