The CSU Orchestras strive to invite everyone within and beyond our CSU community to create, experience, and respond to performances that enrich and deepen our ties to humanity and one another.



Announcing Dr. Rachel Waddell as the new director of orchestras at CSU

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The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance is thrilled to introduce Dr. Rachel Waddell as the next conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and director of orchestras at Colorado State University. Dr. Waddell comes to CSU from the University of Rochester where she has served as the director of orchestral activities. She is the co-founder […]


University Symphony Orchestra
(MU 302)

Our Symphony Orchestra serves as a model for the 21st-century orchestra and is CSU's premier orchestral ensemble. We strive to celebrate the talents of our diverse student body, including music majors, minors, and non-majors. We offer a variety of performance experiences, including opera, dance, theatre, Colorado All-State, and other interdisciplinary collaborations. Our programs explore and expand the existent canon with new music and music by historically under-programmed composers. Recent performances include Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Jerod Tate's Ghost of the White Deer bassoon concerto with Cayla Bellamy, and Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

Auditions for all instruments are held at the beginning of the fall semester. Winds, brass, and percussion must reaudition in the spring. String players who participate in symphony in the fall are not currently required to re-audition for the spring; however, new string players are welcome to audition at the start of the spring semester.

Concert Orchestra (MU 206)

Our Concert Orchestra provides performance, educational, and collaborative opportunities for all CSU students in a supportive and nurturing environment. This is an excellent ensemble for music minors, non-performance music majors, music majors on secondary instruments, and students in other degree programs interested in continuing orchestra performance for leisure and personal fulfillment. All are welcome!

  • Please register for the class. At the start of the semester, you will receive further instructions from the instructor via email.
  • Rehearses: M/W, 1-2:30 p.m., UCA Room 202 
  • Director: Rachel Waddell