The Texas State Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and String Orchestra have become well known throughout the state and nation as ensembles of the highest caliber. Non-music major string players are encouraged to perform with the Texas State orchestras and take private lessons from the School of Music string faculty. Our program is open by audition to all Texas State University students. Every musician in the orchestral area makes a valuable contribution to the university, and to the San Marcos community. The symphony orchestra is highly valued as orchestral performances touch thousands of lives every year. Additionally, orchestra students are involved in productions with the opera area, and the theatre and dance departments. The School of Music's finest soloists are featured with the orchestra as winners of the Student Concerto and Aria Competitions. In addition to state, national and international performances, the orchestras perform four to six concerts each school year on campus, highlighting standard repertoire from the Baroque to the Twenty-First Century.