Symphony Orchestra


Welcome to the Iowa State University Orchestra Program homepage!

Symphony of Diversity 2022
Symphony of Diversity 2022

The first documented mention of a Symphony Orchestra at Iowa State University is found in the student yearbook of 1894, meaning there has been an organized orchestra on campus for over 125 years. From its earliest days as a small, student-led group, the ensemble has since grown into a full-size orchestra led by distinguished faculty, performing major symphonic, choral and operatic repertoire.

The ISU Symphony is open to everyone 

No matter what their major, all students at ISU are welcome to participate in the Symphony Orchestra. We admit students who have had years of private lessons and All-State orchestra experience, as well as those who only started playing in their high school orchestra. 

The ISU Symphony features the best ISU has to offer 

Performing as a soloist with the ISU Symphony is the most coveted opportunity for students in the Department of Music and Theater, earned through a rigorous, multi-stage competition for the privilege. Winners are typically featured in the first concert of the spring semester.