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    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.