Future Members
Northeastern University Symphony Orchestra

New students!  Visit us at Summer 2008 Orientation Activities Fairs!


Symphony Orchestra FAQs

Who are you?

The Symphony Orchestra is a student organization and full symphonic orchestra.  We are run by student leaders under the advisement of faculty, and directed by a professor from the Music Department.  The purpose of this organization is to provide the opportunity for students to come together musically and socially. 

When do you rehearse? 

We rehearse every Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:30pm.  Rehearsals can be a relaxing break from a hectic Northeastern schedule. They are in the newly-renovated Fenway Center (formerly St. Ann's chapel) on St. Stephen's Street. 

When are your events?

We usually have two concerts in the fall semester and one concert in the spring semester, as well as social events such as dinners.  In addition, Symphony Orchestra takes a three-day trip each year to perform and see another city.  Past destinations have included Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, New York City, and Montreal.

Are there auditions? 

String players must audition only for seating.  Woodwind, brass, and percussion players must audition to gain membership in the group.  Every attempt will be made to employ part rotation rather than cutting members.  Although we are welcome to everyone, full-time undergraduate students will receive first priority for membership.

Is Symphony Orchestra a class, too?

Symphony Orchestra is, first and foremost, a student organization.  However, students may receive one course credit for participating in each ensemble.  All undergraduate members who are currently in classes are required to register for the class, MUSC 1906, unless it would create an overload conflict. 

This credit counts towards the Music Ensemble requirement for music majors and minors, and as an elective for all other majors.  The class is repeatable for credit.

General FAQs 

Who can join NU Bands?

Membership in the three organizations is open to anyone affiliated with the University: students (undergraduate and graduate, full-time and part-time), alumni, faculty and staff.  Community members and students at other local schools may also join-- for example, past members have included students from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, and Emerson College.  Only full-time NU undergraduates may vote or hold office.  

Do I need to be a music major?

You do not need to be a music major!  Typically, we are about 50% science majors, 25% music majors, and 25% other majors.  All six of NU's colleges are represented in NU Bands.  We all play for fun, but there are opportunities for more advanced musicians such as composition, solos, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, and conducting.

Do you offer band scholarships?

Yes, we do!  Go to our band scholarship page for more information.

I haven't played in a while, can I still join?

We have musicians of various playing abilities and experience - NU Bands exists for the benefit of everyone! Our goal is to provide the opportunity to continue to play or expand your horizons and learn new instruments.

I don't have an instrument, or it is too large to bring to college.  Does the band have any available?

There are a limited number of band-owned instruments, which can be used on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can use them at rehearsals and performances, and sign them out for practice or personal use by special arrangement with a council member. 

My instrument does not fit in my dorm room, do you have any storage space?

We have our own secure closet at 121 Ell Hall. It is specially designed to protect your instrument from temperature and humidity.  You may access the closet before an after rehearsals and performances, during office hours, or by special appointment with a council member.

What other instrumental ensembles are there at NU?

The Music Department offers one-credit courses in Jazz, Rock, Blues, Electronic Music, and Chamber Ensemble.  For more information, contact the Music Department at www.music.neu.edu.