The Minnesota State University Moorhead Symphony
Orchestra (University Symphony Orchestra) consists of Minnesota State
University Moorhead and North Dakota State University students as well as
Fargo-Moorhead community members dedicated to learning string and symphonic
music from the 18th century to the present by composers of varied nationalities and both genders. The orchestra presents at least four concerts annually, including collaborations with professional soloists, university choral ensembles, and the winner(s) of the annual Student Concerto/Aria Competition.
We invite all university students who play an orchestral
instrument, regardless of major, to audition. We also invite qualified Post Secondary Option students, F-M
community members, and collegiate faculty and staff to join us. Past orchestra
students have majored in a variety of subjects including music, elementary
education, psychology, computer science, engineering, biology, foreign
languages, art, nursing, and many other disciplines.
The most advanced members of the University Symphony
Orchestra are encouraged to audition for openings in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the region's paying
professional orchestra. Students are excused from their university orchestra
rehearsals during Fargo-Moorhead Symphony weeks.
In order to maintain a performance level appropriate for
a university ensemble, members of the University Symphony Orchestra must
possess sufficient musical independence and instrumental technique to perform
standard orchestral repertoire. All members are encouraged to enroll
in private lessons on their instrument, especially those who have less
experience on their instrument.