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Campus Orchestras!

The University of Michigan Campus Orchestras are made up of two main orchestras: Campus Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Campus Philharmonia Orchestra (CPO). Both groups are comprised of non-music major students, faculty members, staff, and alumni of the University of Michigan. They are offered as a 1-credit elective class for undergraduate and graduate students through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, but they attract many others who want to join an orchestra and enjoy making music together. 

Both CSO and CPO meet weekly on Wednesday nights at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance on North Campus during the Fall and Winter semesters. Auditions are typically held during the first or second week of the semester.

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance would like to thank Dr. Clyde and Helen Wu for their vital support to the orchestras. Their support provides the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting, which offers a student conductor the opportunity to manage a full orchestra of student musicians.

Weekly rehearsals for both orchestras are Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30pm in the Moore Building.

This fall we welcome [TBA] as our Campus Symphony Orchestra Conductor and [TBA] as our Campus Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor. [TBA] will join us in the winter term as the [TBA]


Audition Registration

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Audition Registration will OPEN on Monday, July 29th. Please use the links above to navigate to our registration.

All players must audition. 

The first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 4th at 7pm (CSO in Hankinson and CPO in Kevreson).

A roster will be posted before the first rehearsal on the canvas courses. Please DO NOT expect an email regarding your placement in the orchestras.

Auditions will occur Wednesday August 28 through Saturday August 31 in the Moore Building (School of Music, Theatre and Dance). You need to fill out the Registration Form first; at the end of your registration, there will be a link to a calendly calendar where you can choose your timeslot. 


If you are looking for general information for music majors, please visit the SMTD Ensembles Website.