The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra

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The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra will perform its final concert of the academic year on Saturday May 30th at 8 PM in Bjorling Recital Hall. The concert will feature the winners of the 2014-2015 Concerto/Aria Competition Winners: Becca Ihnen, David Nelson, and Jamie Lichy.

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra recently performed its Spring East Coast Home Concert on Sunday April 12th at 1:30 PM in Bjorling Recital Hall. The orchestra performed the Glazunov's Intermezzo Romantico, and Shostakovich's iconic Symphony no. 5. The concert was streamed live and is now archived. The Symphony Orchestra's spring tour included performances in Pittsburg, Norfolk, Richmond, Philadelphia area, and Washington D.C. Please find the full touring schedule here.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, the Symphony Orchestra performed several concerts including: aconcert on Sunday November 9th at 1:30 PM in Bjorling Recital Hall, plyaing Gordeli's Flute Concerto featuring our flute faculty Barb Leibundguth, and Schubert's Symphony in C Major "Great;" and a concert on Tuesday October 7th as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Nobel Conference. Repertoire included Dvorak's Festival March op. 54, Mendelssohn's Overture to Midsummer Night's Dream op. 21, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no.2 op. 18 featuring our piano faculty Esther Wang. Both performance can be found "on demand."

The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is an integral musical contributor to Gustavus Adolphus College, the city of St. Peter, and beyond. Featuring talented and dedicated students from diverse majors, the orchestra performs a variety of symphonic repertoire and is a vital part of the Christmas in Christ Chapel performances. The orchestra rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m., with string sectionals from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

As the official touring orchestra ensemble from the Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra has toured internationally to the British Isles and the People's Republic of China. The Symphony Orchestra's most recent tour was to South Africa in January of 2012 where we performed concerts at the Cape Town City Hall, the Cape Town Institute for the Blind, the Tembaletu Special School in Cape Town, the Cape Gate Miagi Centre Music Hall in Soweto in Johannesburg. Share in the Orchestra's adventure by going to our blog. The Symphony Orchestra performed its home concert on Sunday February 12th at 1:30 in Christ Chapel, the concert was streamed and is on-demand. The Symphony Orchestra's next international tour in January of 2016 will be to Greece and Turkey. The Symphony Orchestra also regularly tours both nationally and regionally.

Some instruments are available as rentals through the Department of Music. Students are encouraged to contact IMA (Instrumental Music Assistants) at for more details.

If you should have any questions concerning auditions, the orchestra, or the music department, check out our FAQ page and please do not hesitate to contact the conductor Dr. Ruth Lin,