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The Texas State University Orchestra Program offers an inclusive and positive educational environment while striving for the highest possible level of musical performance. Orchestral ensembles include two full symphony orchestras and a chamber orchestra, all performing major works of the symphonic canon, concerti, chamber repertoire, new music, opera, and choral masterworks.

Texas State Symphony Orchestra

The Texas State Symphony Orchestra (TSSO) is the flagship ensemble of the orchestral program. The TSSO presents 4-6 major concert performances each year, is the resident orchestra for annual opera productions and frequently collaborates with the Texas State choirs. In addition to concert presentations, the TSSO also regularly collaborates with internationally renowned visiting guest artists and faculty soloists, as well as the Texas State Composition Program to showcase the works of student composers.

The Texas State Symphony Orchestra is open by audition to all Texas State students. Audition is required for anyone interested in performing with this orchestra. The Texas State Symphony Orchestra has performed by invitation at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and the American String Teachers Convention. The symphony orchestra has toured Europe, performing in Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland and has been invited to perform at the White House Christmas celebration. 

Rehearsals are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 to 3:50pm and is a one credit hour course.

Texas State Chamber Orchestra

The Texas State Chamber Orchestra (TSCO) is a specialized, classical sized ensemble drawn from the symphony orchestra and typically presents 2-4 concerts annually. In May 2017 the TSCO toured Central Europe giving concert performances in Budapest, Prague and Vienna.
Entry to the TSCO is by audition. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester (in late August and mid-January) for both entrance and seating.

Texas State University Orchestra

The Texas State University Orchestra (TSUO) is a newly established ensemble open to all members of the Texas State community—faculty, staff, music majors, non-majors, alumni and members of the local community. The TSUO typically presents 2-3 performances annually on campus and at venues in the local San Marcos community.

There is no audition requirement or pre-requisite to play with this ensemble, but all members are encouraged and welcome to audition for private study from School of Music studio faculty on a space-available basis.

The TSUO is an all-volunteer ensemble and is there is no course credit associated with this ensemble. There is also no cost to join and play with the group. Please email Dr. Jacob Harrison to request more information regarding this ensemble.