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Welcome to the Iowa State University Orchestra Program homepage!


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 2016-2017 season features a host of audience favorites including Dvorak's Symphony no. 8 in G major, Mahler's tone poem Totenfeier, Schumann's Cello Concerto, and Mozart's Requeim.

For the 2016-2017, we feature amazing guests soloists, the incredible ISU Choral Program and much more. George Work, Professor of Cello, will be performing Schumann's powerful Cello Concerto. In March, the ISU Symphony will be performing as part of the Great Plains Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Every year, the ISU Symphony showcases some of the best student musicians on campus during its annual Concert of Soloists.

Continuing our celebration of the American orchestral tradition and sustaining our commitment to the performance of living composers, the ISU Orchestra Program will be performing multiple works written in this century. Vincent Calliano's thrilling, mind-bending, and beautiful work The Facts and Dreams of the World According to Michael Jackson opens our year. Friend of the ISU Symphony, Andrew Ardizzoia, has created new arrangements for full orchestra of two of Debussy's works including Clair de lune for the ISU Symphony which will be premiered as part of our opening concert in October. Spanish Composer Oscar Navarro's seductive and brilliant Libertadores will be performed as part of our annual Concert of Soloists in March.

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