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The symphony orchestra director leads a large orchestra in Aalfs Auditorium.

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 comprising of university music students, the orchestra is open to non-music majors as well as community members and advanced high school students.

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.

Auditions & Rehearsals

String players from across campus and the community are highly encouraged to participate and perform with the USD Symphony Orchestra. Rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:20 p.m. All string instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass) are welcomed. Any student or community member interested on performing with the USD Symphony Orchestra should contact Luis Viquez, D.M.A., at Admittance in the USD Chamber Orchestra is by audition only, pending chair availability determined by the string faculty. Those auditioning for the USD Chamber Orchestra should prepare a short solo/etude. All USD string and wind/percussion music majors, minors and scholarship awardees are required to audition.

Fall 2019 Audition Dates

  • Strings: Monday, August 26. 5:30 p.m. (CFA 155)
  • Winds and Percussion: Tuesday, August 27, 3:30 pm (CFA 155)

Fall 2019 auditions information/excerpts

For questions or more information, contact:

Name Department & Office Contact
Luis Viquez
  • Assistant Professor, Clarinet, Director of Orchestras
W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 130

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