Under the direction of Dr. J. David Arnott since 2001, the CSB/SJU Symphony Orchestra is an active and visible ensemble at the colleges. The Orchestra performs mainly standard orchestral repertoire including a variety of music ranging from the Classical era through the present. In collaboration with Fine Arts Programming, the Orchestra regularly performs with phenomenal guest artists such as Christopher O'Reilly, Judy Collins, Jim Brickman, DBR, Sofia Gulyak, and has performed complete productions of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker with The Minnesota Ballet.
The Orchestra performs four - five concerts each year in the impressive Escher Auditorium and provides music for other events. In addition to these concerts in CSB's Benedicta Arts Center, the orchestra tours regularly (with occasional international trips) - the CSB/SJU Symphony Orchestra will take a domestic tour in 2017. The tutti ensemble rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 1:05-2:25 and strings rehearse from 6:45-8:15 on Wednesday. There are often dress rehearsals in the evenings prior to each concert. For both music and non-music majors, this course offers practical pedagogical experience.
Members are selected by audition at the beginning of the year. Interested students should register for MUSC 233 for 0-1 credit.