OSU Symphony Orchestra


An international-award-winning orchestral program led by an international-award-winning conductor, the OSUSO is one of the Michael & Anne Greenwood School of Music’s 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 seven 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.  


In 2020, the OSUSO was the only university orchestra program in the country invited to perform at the College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference in Vancouver, BC.  In 2018, the OSUSO won 1st Place in the Ictus International Band & Orchestra Competition, and received the Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music.  Additionally, the OSUSO was named a finalist in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance Competition and performed at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference in Tulsa in 2013 and 2018.


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.


For More Information about the Orchestra, Contact:


Dr. Thomas Dickey

Music Director & Conductor, OSU Symphony Orchestra

Music Director & Conductor, OSU Youth & Community Orchestras

Artistic Director & Conductor, OSU Opera Theatre

Director of Orchestral Studies, OSU