About the UA Orchestras

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There are two performing orchestras at the University of Arizona: The Arizona Symphony Orchestra and The UA Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Arizona Symphony, the school’s pre-professional orchestral ensemble, performs six challenging concert programs and collaborates each semester with the UA Opera Theatre. Composed primarily of music majors, the orchestra is open to qualified non majors and members of the UA community. Rehearsals are M/W/F afternoons from 2-3:50. Students admitted by audition to the Arizona Symphony will register for MUS 200-O, 400-O, or 500-O: Section 1. Contact Director of Orchestral Activities Dr. Thomas Cockrell for more information. To be considered for the Arizona Symphony please sign up for an audition above.
The UA Philharmonic Orchestra is composed of music majors, minors, non majors and UA community members. The Philharmonic is conducted by doctoral conducting students András Derecskei and Juan Montoya, under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Cockrell. Frequent sectional rehearsals lead by the Fred Fox Graduate String Quintet emphasize the improvement of technical and ensemble skills. “The Phil” meets T/Th, 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.  Students are admitted by audition to the UA Philharmonic will register for MUS 200-O, 400-O, or 500-O, Section 2. Please contact Dr. Thomas Cockrell for more information.

The Arizona Symphony, the Fred Fox School of Music’s pre-professional orchestral ensemble, performs six challenging concert programs and collaborates each semester with the UA Opera Theatre. Composed primarily of music majors, the orchestra is open to qualified non majors and members of the UA community. Rehearsals are M/W/F afternoons from 2-3:50. Students admitted by audition to the Arizona Symphony will register for MUS 200-O, 400-O, or 500-O: Section 1. Contact Director of Orchestral Activities Dr. Thomas Cockrell for more information. To be considered for the Arizona Symphony please sign up for an audition above.

Arizona Symphony Orchestra concerts of the 2017-18 Season.  Concerts at 7:30 in Crowder Hall unless noted.  Most UA Orchestras concerts are available to be enjoyed at home or on mobile devices, either live or at a later date.  Please see https://livestream.com/ffsom for complete information.

  • Saturday, September 16:   Wagner Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Beethoven Symphony No. 3 Eroica, Proto Carmen Fantasy for Double Bass and Orchestra with Prof. Philip Alejo,
  • Saturday, October 7.  Music+Festival large ensemble concert.  Works to include Joan Tower Tambor, Ellington (arr. Peress) Black, Brown and Beige,
  • Friday, November 17 at 7:30 and Sunday, November 19.  UA Opera Theater:  Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.
  • Friday, December 1.  An Evening of Opera Scenes, TBA
  • Friday and Saturday, February 2 and 3.  Annual President’s Concert.  Program TBA
  • Friday March 2, closing concert of UA Jazz Week:  compositions and arrangements by Nelson Riddle.  With the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble and Katherine Byrnes, vocalist
  • Thursday-Saturday, April 5-7 at 7:30 and Sunday, April 8 at 3:00.  UA Opera Theater:  Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, sung in English

 

The UA Philharmonic Orchestra is composed of music majors, minors, non majors and UA community members. The Philharmonic is conducted by doctoral conducting students András Derecskei and Juan Montoya, under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Cockrell.  Frequent sectional rehearsals lead by the Fred Fox Graduate String Quintet emphasize the improvement of technical and ensemble skills. “The Phil” meets T/Th, 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.  Students are admitted by audition to the UA Philharmonic will register for MUS 200-O, 400-O, or 500-O, Section 2. Please contact Dr. Thomas Cockrell for more information.

UA Philharmonic concerts of the 2017-18 season, all at 7:30 PM in Crowder Hall   Most UA Orchestras concerts are available to be enjoyed at home or on mobile devices, either live or at a later date.  Please see https://livestream.com/ffsom for complete information.

  • Friday, October 6.  András Derecskei, conductor.    Riegger Dance Rhythms, Bizet L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1, Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
  • Friday, December 1.   Juan Montoya, András Derecskei, conductors.    In conjunction with UA Opera:  An Evening of Opera Scenes.  The UA Philharmonic in the Crowder Hall pit.  Works TBA
  • Friday, February 23.  Juan Montoya, conductor.  Program TBA
  • Friday, April 27.  Elizabeth Schauer, conductor.  Program to include Mozart “Coronation” Mass with soloists, UA Symphonic Choir and guest high school choirs.