Symphony Orchestra

Two piccolo players perform during an orchestra concert
 Bassoon players perform during orchestra concert
 Closeup of the violin section as they perform with the symphony orchestra
A row of horn players perform with the orchestra

The Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO), with a history dating back to 1890, is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire from the Baroque era until our days, including world premieres by contemporary composers. The ensemble combines undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in pursue of high artistic standards, as well as the professional and artistic growth of its members.

The ensemble has an extensive performance schedule on and off campus, which includes in addition to the orchestral repertoire, a full opera production, concertos with renowned soloists as well as student soloists, choral-symphonic repertoire, ballet and music from other traditions and genres.


Strings (Updated for Fall 2021)

Announcement: String students should submit their audition video by Monday, August 16 at the latest.

Below you will find a link to a folder of audition materials. Specific instructions for your audition are contained in a file in the folder, please read it in it's entirety. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

Fall 2021 String Member Audition Excerpts »

Woodwinds and Brass (Updated for Fall 2020)

Dr. Averbach and Mr. Speck send the following message regarding the coming semester:

We are taking the appropriate precautions to minimize the risk to students and faculty this semester. Based upon our best judgment at this point, here is how we will operate in Fall 2020:

  • The Symphony Orchestra will include only strings; the Wind Ensemble, winds and percussion. Both ensembles will focus on repertoire that can be rehearsed in our spaces while still following distancing guidelines, probably involving 6-20 players.
  • You will receive information about the protocols we will be operating under, including the use of masks, traffic flow into and out of rooms, and cleaning surfaces. We're aware this decision could have ramifications, especially regarding class registration. We will address them going forward.
  • In order to allow the conductors to plan adequately, we kindly request that audition excerpts be sent for evaluation no later than August 10, 2020.
  • Wind players should address questions to Professor Speck at When you send your audition, please indicate if you are in Marching Band (MUMB) this semester, Fall 2020.
  • Specific instructions regarding wind auditions may be found on the Wind Ensemble page.

For more information, contact director Ricardo Averbach,