Oklahoma State University

 OSU Symphony Orchestra and String Area


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The OSU Symphony Orchestra is one of the School of Visual & Performing Arts’ premier performing ensembles, showcasing some of the university’s finest players performing traditional orchestral repertoire in a series of dynamic concerts.  In addition to approximately five annual performances, the OSUSO also provides music for the Opera Theater’s fully staged productions and serves as the lab orchestra for various academic classes, from composition to orchestral conducting.  The OSUSO is dedicated to the study and performance of significant orchestral music, and to that end often collaborates with faculty and guest soloists in performances of major concerto literature.  In 2013, the OSUSO was a finalist in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance Competition and performed at the College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference in Cleveland, Ohio and the Oklahoma Music Education Association Conference in Tulsa.     

The orchestra performs under the baton of Dr. Thomas Dickey, and is composed of both music majors and non-music majors.  Members are selected by audition each semester.  

Scholarships are available to both music majors and non-music majors and are awarded by audition.  All incoming students are encouraged to apply.  Please contact the Music Department for more information.


Additional information on academic scholarships, government loans, and grants is available through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.


Opportunities for Orchestra Members at Oklahoma State:

    • Master classes with faculty and distinguished guest artists 
    • Weekly private lessons with instrumental faculty
    • Participation in the chamber music program
    • Student recitals
    • The annual Concerto Competition with winners performing with the OSU Symphony Orchestra in concert