Orchestras

Orchestras have long been a vital part of the Peck School of the Arts and the greater musical community of Milwaukee. Graduate and undergraduate music majors have the opportunity to intensely rehearse and perform concerts of a wide variety of orchestral repertoire. The Symphony Orchestra host annual University concerto competition as well as the Orchestra Festival.

The University Community Orchestra opens its doors to well over one hundred players a term, including UWM students and community members ranging in age from 12-90+.

Ensembles Interest Form

Faculty & Staff
profile photoDeutsch, Margery(414) 229-4609mdeutsch@uwm.eduZelazo 360

Professor Emeritus

Director, University Community Orchestra

profile photoKim, Jun(414) 229-6063kimjy@uwm.eduZelazo 354

Associate Professor, Conducting

Director, Orchestral Activities

Music Ensembles Faculty & Staff

Audition Information

Symphony Orchestra is open by audition to all graduate and undergraduate students at the university during the first week of fall semester. Audition requirements include a standard solo of student’s choice (approximately 3 minutes), excerpts from orchestral repertoire (found below), and sight-reading.

University Community Orchestra does not require a formal audition. If you are interested in joining, please let us know which instrument you play and which part you prefer (i.e. Violin 2, Flute 1, Viola, etc.) by emailing uco@uwm.edu.

To request additional information or if you have any questions, contact the appropriate ensemble director or submit the Ensembles Interest Form.


The 2020-21 Audition Forms and Audition Excerpts for UW-Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, and Wind Ensemble are listed below (available around August 1 each year):

Woodwind and Brass Audition Form

Strings and Percussion Audition Form

Symphony Orchestra

Comprised of graduate and undergraduate music majors, the ensemble rehearses six hours a week and performs eight to twelve concerts each season. Members are introduced to the world’s great orchestra literature and their training prepares them for careers as professional musicians and music educators. Membership is by audition.

In addition to a six-concert subscription series, the Orchestra collaborates annually with UWM Choirs and Opera Theatre, as well as presents an annual Concerto Competition Concert featuring student winners. UWM’s Symphony Orchestra has performed at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, North Shore Performing Arts Center, the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Conference, and was chosen as one of the two orchestras to perform at the National Conference by the College Orchestra Directors Association in Los Angeles.

UWM Symphony Orchestra has been participating at annual Korea Day Festival, a major community events in Milwaukee and has performed with the renowned soloists including violinists Rachel Barton Pine, Chee-Yun, In Mo Yang (Frist prize winner of Paganini Competition), Clara-Jumi Kang (Gold medalist, Indianapolis Violin Competition), Bomsori Kim (Winner, Wieniawski Violin Competition), and Pianist Yeol- Eum Son (Silver Medalist, Van Cliburn & Tchaikovsky Competition), among others.

Dr. Jun Kim, Director of Orchestral Activities | kimjy@uwm.edu

Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Symphony Orchestra meets TUE & THU from 1 to 3:50 p.m.

Please visit the UWM schedule of classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 182 (music major), MUSIC 382 (non-major), MUSIC 782 (graduate student).

University Community Orchestra

This ensemble invites advanced beginners or skilled amateurs, ages 12 and older, to rehearse and perform together. It is open to anyone who can read music and enjoys playing classical symphonic repertoire. Musicians do not need to audition to be in the orchestra.

Margery DeutschDirector of University Orchestra | mdeutsch@uwm.edu

Course Information & Rehearsal Schedules
Community Orchestra meets Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Please visit the UWM schedule of classes to explore specific details regarding your appropriate course number: MUSIC 81 (non-majors), MUSIC 181 (music majors), MUSIC 781 (graduate students), Program Number 8300-9125 (community members).

For community members and those interested in non-credit participation there is a required fee. Sign up through the UWM School of Continuing Education by calling (414) 227-3200, or online at: sce-registration.uwm.edu.

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