With roots stretching back to the 19th century, our symphony orchestra has built a legacy on providing quality performances of standard and distinctive repertoire to the southeastern part of South Dakota. Though mainly comprised of university music students, the orchestra is open to non-music majors as well as community members.
The orchestra premieres new music works four to five times per year, featuring both faculty and guest soloists. Performances encompass everything from holiday concerts to diverse theatre and opera productions. The orchestra also hosts a Spring Orchestra Festival that features high school students from throughout South Dakota and the tri-state area. Concerts that take place in the second semester highlight the winners of USD's Concerto/Aria Competition, and the final performance of the academic year is devoted to a combined piece for orchestra and chorus.