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University Orchestra

The Drexel University Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, all of whom are non-music majors. Admission is by audition. University Orchestra rehearses and performs works from the great lexicon of orchestral music. Recent concerts have included Copland Rodeo Dance Suite (complete); Dvorak Symphony No.8 in G; Rossini Overture to William Tell; Borodin Polovtsian Dances; Wagner Overture to Die Meistersinger; Brahms Symphony No. 1 in c minor; and Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5. Guest soloists have included David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto; Matthew Gallagher, principal trumpet with Philly POPS, performing Arutiunian Concerto for Trumpet; and most recently, international violin soloist Michael Ludwig performing Bruch First Violin Concerto in g minor. Masterclasses by our guest soloists are provided for University Orchestra members and are open to the public for auditing. Each year a Solo Competition is offered to eligible Orchestra members; the winner performs with the Orchestra during the winter term concert.

Drexel University Orchestra rehearses once a week (Wednesday, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM) and performs one concert at the end of fall, winter and spring terms. A Summer Session Reading Orchestra is also offered during summer term.

Performance Scholarships are available for string players for the Drexel University Orchestra (woodwind, brass and percussion scholarships for orchestra are provided through the Concert Band). Auditions for the Drexel University Orchestra and scholarship recommendation will be held during Accepted Students Weekends April. Contact conductor Rosalind Erwin,, to learn more and to schedule your audition.

Rehearsal Schedule
  • When: Wednesday 7–9:50 p.m.
  • Where: MacAlister Hall, Room 2032