The University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra (USO), sponsored by the Rudi E. Scheidt
School of Music, offers credits to both music majors and non-majors. Orchestra rehearsals
are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm.
The USO includes approximately 80 undergraduate and graduate students. It performs
at least two symphonic concerts each semester on the U of M campus, presented either
in the recently renovated Harris Concert Hall, or in the University's newest performance
venue – the Michael D. Rose Theater. The USO's repertoire includes compositions written
for full, large orchestra as well as for smaller chamber orchestra, opera, oratorio,
and concerto performances. Recent concerts have included Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra,
Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by C. M. von Weber, Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, and symphonies of Beethoven, Copland, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shostakovich,
Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and other major composers.
In addition to symphonic concerts, orchestra members perform in University Opera Division
productions and have the opportunity to play with many musical organizations in Memphis
and the Mid-South region. Many USO members joined the orchestral concert tour to perform
in European countries. The USO will tour to China to perform an All American concert in Shanghai Concert Hall in May 2007.
Positions in the USO are filled by audition at the beginning of each semester. A limited
number of scholarships are available. For more information, please contact the conductor,
Pu-Qi Jiang by email or at 901-678-3775.