The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) presents dynamic and varied performances of repertoire embracing music from the Baroque to the twenty first-century, often combining forces with the Emory choirs to feature masterworks of the rich symphonic-choral tradition. True to the spirit of the liberal arts environment, the 90-member orchestra draws its membership from not only the Department of Music but from all disciplines across the campus. Although largely populated by music majors, the orchestra warmly welcomes the participation of 20-25 qualified non-majors and graduate students with appropriate backgrounds. 


Each season, the EUSO performs major works from the repertoire including Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and the Requiems of Brahms and DuruflĂ©.

The home of the orchestra is the world-class Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Completed in 2003, the Schwartz Center houses the 800-seat Emerson Concert Hall, Tharp Rehearsal Hall, the Schwartz Center Box Office and Administrative Suite, multiple chamber music and practice rooms, teaching studios, classrooms and student lounges. The 2005-2006 Season celebrated the inauguration of the new $1.5M concert organ built by Daniel Jaeckel, the latest addition to the hall. Additional practice rooms, classrooms, offices and a 250-seat Performing Arts Studio can be found at the Music Department’s Burlington Road building. The Schwartz Center incorporates a small black box theater and a dance studio. See: www.bestvalueschools.com/25-most-amazing-university-performing-arts-centers/.

Tuesdays: 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Thursdays: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

When scheduled, individual sectionals are held in the large chamber studios on the upper floor of the Schwartz Center. Members are to be seated and warmed up 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of rehearsal.

Sectionals are held in the large chamber studios on the upper floor of the Schwartz Center. All full rehearsals are held in Tharp Rehearsal Hall or Emerson Concert Hall.

Full and partial lesson scholarships are available to any students (majors and non-majors) who successfully audition into EUSO. 

Following auditions all undergraduates are required to be enrolled in MUS300, a performing arts credit for both majors and non-majors. Students cannot self-enroll; the Music Department enrolls students directly once the audition cycle has concluded. Graduate students may participate on a credit or non-credit basis with the same expectations as for the undergraduates.

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