The 70-piece Symphony Orchestra is the most prominent collegiate orchestral ensemble in the state. As a member, you’ll perform in several concerts annually, dedicated to the larger orchestral literature from the 18th century through the present: symphonies, overtures, choral-orchestral, large-scale string works, and concertos featuring the outstanding faculty of the School of Music and renown guest artists. The Symphony Orchestra also holds Composer Reading Sessions, where you will read and record new orchestral compositions by student composers. Every year a special "Concertos and Classics" concert is presented, which features the student winners of the annual Concerto Competition, sponsored by the School of Music.
The Chamber Orchestra, is dedicated to smaller, more intimate works in the orchestral literature, performing a wide range of repertoire from the 16th century through the present.
The Opera Orchestra performs in conjunction with the UT Opera Theater program and often collaborates with the Knoxville Opera in joint productions. You’ll have opportunities to play in some of Knoxville's finest performing theaters, collaborate with both student and professional singers, and be lead by outstanding faculty and operatic artists.
Contemporary Music Ensemble
By participating in the Contemporary Music Ensemble, you’ll perform repertoire composed after 1950, with an emphasis on living composers and new student compositions.