The UMBC Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of 90 musicians, performs orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Recent concerts have included symphonies of Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Beethoven, Sibelius, Shostakovich, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Dvorak, as well as concerto performances with visiting and faculty artists who include the Italian/Swiss “Trio des Alpes.” In addition, members of the Symphony are eligible to enter an annual competition to appear with the orchestra as soloist. The Symphony has also performed music by living women composers, including Linda Dusman (Professor of Music at UMBC), Sofia Kamayianni (Greece), and Rahilia Hasanova (Azerbaijan). Members of the Symphony include students with major scholarships from practically every discipline at UMBC, as well as people from the community (a number of whom are UMBC alumni and alumnae from the classes of 2000 through 2014) who include several research scientists, attorneys, a librarian, a software engineer, an economics professor, and public school music teachers who travel from as far away as Virginia for weekly rehearsals. Membership is open to any student (music major or non-major) or other member of the community by audition. Please contact Dr. Richards for further information.
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