The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is the premiere touring orchestra of Gustavus Adolphus College. Featuring talented and dedicated students from diverse majors, the orchestra performs a variety of symphonic repertoire across the musical eras and is a vital part of the Christmas in Christ Chapel performances. The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra was one of the finalists for the 2015 American Prize in the College/University orchestra division and was featured at the 2016 MMEA Midwinter Clinic.
As the official touring orchestral ensemble from the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, the GSO tours nationally three years out of a four year cycle, and tours internationally once every four years. Past international tours have included South Africa, Greece and Macedonia, and most recently in 2020 to Singapore and Malaysia. GSO rehearses in the Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with string sectionals from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Ruth Lin.