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University Symphony Orchestra

The University of Montana Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) was founded in 1903 and has developed into one of the best university orchestras in the Northwest.  The ensemble performs five to seven unique programs throughout the academic year including an annual tour; works with faculty, student, and guest soloists; and collaborations with UM Choirs and Opera Theatre.  Membership in UMSO is determined by auditions held the beginning of Fall semester and is open to music majors and non-majors.

Recent repertoire highlights include:

  • Symphonies by Beethoven, Borodin, Brahms, Dvorak, Haydn, Kalinnikov, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Sibelius, and Tchaikowsky;
  • Tone Poems by Liszt, Mussorgsky, and Smetana;
  • Operas by Mozart and Puccini with UM Opera Theatre;
  • Mozart’s Coronation Mass with UM Chamber Chorale;
  • Many world-premieres, including works by UM student composers; and
  • Other masterworks including Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol; and Berlioz’s Roman Carnaval Overture;

UM Symphony Orchestra has been directed by Dr. Luis Millán since 2003.