USD Orchestra Auditions Aug. 21

Photo of Chamber Orchestra member. USD Symphony and Chamber Orchestra auditions are Monday, Aug. 21.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Department of Music invites all campus students and community members to its chamber and symphony orchestra auditions Aug. 21 at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

The USD Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Luis Víquez, director of orchestras at USD, has built a legacy of providing high quality performances to the southeastern part of South Dakota. Though mainly comprising university music students, the orchestra is open to non-music majors as well as community members and advanced high school students. With roots stretching back to the 19th century, the USD Symphony Orchestra performs four to five times a year touring regionally and internationally.

The USD Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Ioana Galu, assistant professor of violin, offers string players the opportunity to play in a small orchestra setting. This elite string orchestra provides to the community of Vermillion and the extended region with performances of literature of various musical periods. Since its formation 20 years ago, the USD Chamber Orchestra performs on campus each semester and has performed on tour throughout the midwest. Admittance to this ensemble is by audition only.

For more information and to schedule an audition for the Symphony Orchestra, contact Luis Víquez. For information and to schedule an audition for the Chamber Orchestra, contact Ioana Galu.


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News