University Philharmonic Orchestra

University Philharmonic Orchestra
The University Philharmonic Orchestra is recognized as a leader in providing students with outstanding training and experience in the standard orchestral repertoire. From Bach to Brahms, to Mahler and beyond, the Philharmonic studies and performs the great masterworks at award-winning levels of excellence.

Under the leadership of Edward Dolbashian, Orchestra Director since 1985, the Philharmonic has been invited to perform in venues throughout the state of Missouri including five appearances at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention. The Philharmonic was also awarded the prestigious honor of performing at the Music Educators National Conference, in Kansas City, MO, in 1996, and in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2006.

The Philharmonic has had the privilege of sharing the stage with internationally renowned artists. Such notables include the Beaux Arts Trio, the Bach Aria Group, operatic divas, Marilyn Horne and Monserrat Caballe, pianists Santiago Rodriguez and Minoru Nojima, violinist Xiang Gao and conductors Aaron Copland, Otto-Werner Mueller, Nicolai Rescigno, Robert Shaw, and Evgeni Ratchev.

As part of a student's overall musical experience, a concerto competition is open to all students who are studying privately with a School of Music Faculty member. Each year one to four students are selected to perform a full concerto with the orchestra as part of the season's schedule.

Membership in the Philharmonic is available to university students who are majoring in fields other than music. An audition is required prior to enrolling, and, if accepted, the student must also enroll in private lessons with a member of the School of Music Faculty. This is to insure that the Orchestra's level of performance remains high.

Audition Schedule/Locations: 

Audition Information


**String players: New string players should prepare the excerpts for their instrument and be prepared to play a short solo or etude of their choice. Returning string players should prepare the excerpts for their instrument only. Please be aware that all orchestra students are required to enroll in applied lessons each semester of participation in orchestra.

Friday, August 16

  • 12:00-2:30 p.m. – Saxophone/Clarinet (Loeb 201)
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Percussion (Loeb 112)
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m. – Flute/Oboe/Bassoon (Loeb 204)
  • 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Trombone/Tuba/Euphonium (Loeb 201)
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Trumpet (Loeb 201)
  • 7:00-7:45 p.m. – Horn (Loeb 201)

Tuesday, August 20

4-6PM Strings - Loeb 201

Wednesday, August 21

7-8:30PM Strings - Loeb 201

Click here for Strings, BrassWoodwinds, and Percussion audition sign-ups