The CSUN Symphony is regarded as one of the finest University Orchestras in the Western United States. Under the direction of Dr. John Roscigno, the CSUN Symphony offers a full range of orchestral experiences for the career oriented student, including four major concerts a year as well as choral, opera and musical theater performances.
The orchestra is open to both music majors and non-music majors. Auditions take place the few days before classes start in the fall and spring. Auditions consist of orchestral excerpts from both the standard and season repertoire. Audition information can be found on our audition page.
The CSUN Orchestra performs standard orchestral literature as well as important works of the 20th century, and major operatic works. Works from the past few seasons include:
Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherezade
Rachmaninoff– Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Glass – Symphony No. 2
Sibelius – Symphony No. 1
Mozart – Marriage of Figaro
Repertoire and concert dates for the 2011-2012 season are included on our concert season page.
The CSUN Orchestra has been invited twice to perform as the orchestra in the Virginia Wearing International Piano Competition in Palm Springs. The Orchestra also tours regionally each year for the purpose of recruiting, outreach and education. The orchestra typically performs at high schools, middle schools and elementary schools while on tour.
Opera performance is an important part of an undergraduate education for instrumentalists seeking careers in performance. The CSUN Opera Program puts on full scale opera productions in both fall and spring. Members of the symphony orchestra perform in the fall opera. The spring opera typically uses a smaller chamber orchestra. Selection of players is made through consultation between the music director for opera and the symphony orchestra conductor.
Alumni of the CSUN Symphony have gone on to careers with Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Symphonies of San Francisco , Houston, Toronto, San Diego and many others.