UofM Symphony Orchestra

University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra

The University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra is a vibrant and diverse community that caters to a wide range of music enthusiasts, from undergraduate students to those pursuing doctoral degrees and non-majors with a passion for music. With approximately 85 dedicated members, our orchestra is a dynamic blend of talent and experience. With approximately two-thirds being undergraduate students and one-third being graduate students. This diversity in membership adds a rich layer of experience and expertise to our performances.

We take the stage on campus at least twice each semester, delivering powerful symphonic concerts and enchanting chamber orchestra performances. Our repertoire spans a wide spectrum, including compositions for full orchestra, chamber orchestra, opera and concerto performances. In addition to our campus performances, orchestra members often join University Opera productions and have the chance to play alongside professional organizations in Memphis and the Mid-South. 

We are committed to fostering emerging talent by premiering student compositions, accompanying winners of the annual UofM Soloists' Competition, and offering valuable podium time to aspiring student conductors. Many orchestral conducting students pursue successful careers as conductors, professors, opera coaches and DMA candidates.

If you're looking to join our orchestra, positions are filled by audition at the beginning of each semester. We also offer limited scholarships to support exceptional talent and dedication.

Harvey Felder
Professor of Conducting
Director of Orchestral Activities

Stephen Karr
Assistant Professor
Opera Musical Director