WWU Symphony Orchestra

Performing orchestral masterworks from the Baroque to the present day, Western Washington University’s 80-member Symphony Orchestra presents four to six programs a year, including an annual concerto competition concert featuring student soloists, and frequently collaborates with the University Choirs and Opera Studio in accompanying choral-orchestral works and operas. Recent highlights include a memorized, choreographed, and costumed performance of Peter and the Wolf and the world premiere of Roger Briggs' Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra with the acclaimed Friction Quartet. Participation is audition-based and is open to the entire Western community. While formal auditions are held at the beginning of fall quarter, interested students are encouraged to arrange an audition at any time during the academic year.

For more information about the Orchestral Program at Western, please contact Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel, Director of Orchestral Studies.

2016-2017 Season Dates and Repertoire

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Adams: Century Rolls (Gloria Cheng, piano)
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor ("From the New World")

Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 7:30PM
Tchaikovsky-Ellington Nutcracker

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 3:30 PM – NAfME All-Northwest Conference: Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel
Hindemith - Mathis der Maler Symphony

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 7:30PM
​Corigliano - Fern Hill (with the WWU Concert Choir)
Duddell - Ruby (Patrick Roulet, percussion)
Hindemith - Mathis der Maler Symphony

Friday April 14 - Sunday, April 23, 2017
Cole Porter: Kiss Me, Kate

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 7:30PM
Vivaldi - The Four Seasons
Kernis - Musica Celestis
Janáček - Suite for Strings

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:30PM
Schumann - Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54 (Nicholas Swanson, piano)
Bartók - Viola Concerto, op. posth. (Antti Niemistö, viola)
Navarro - Clarinet Concerto No. 2 (Fabian Nieto, clarinet)
Stravinsky - The Firebird (1919 Suite)

Past Repertoire


Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major
Bartók: Dance Suite
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major
Berlioz: Rakoczy March
Briggs: Concerto for String Quartet (World-Premiere, featuring the Friction Quartet)
Gottschalk: The Banjo
Körvitz: Kreegi Vihik (featuring the combined WWU Choirs)
Mahler: Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Hannah Petersen, mezzo-soprano)
Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques (Judith Widrig, piano)
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (Narrated by Rosemary Vohs and Choreographed by Pam Kuntz)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (Ben Seavello, piano)
Saariaho: Lumiére et pesanteur
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto in A minor (Ian Aegerter, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Still: Afro-American Symphony
​Stucky: The Star and the Roses
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy


Bates: Music from Underground Spaces
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (WWU Concert Choir)
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Briggs: For the Future (World-Premiere, with the WWU Concert Choir)
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Debussy: Nocturnes (with the WWU Advanced Women’s Chorale)
​Dvořák: The Noon Witch
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Mozart: Symphony no. 41 (“Jupiter”)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 3 (Milica Jelača Jovanović, piano)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 4 (Gabija Vaičekonis, piano)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 (John Friesen, cello)
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Séjourné: Vibraphone Concerto (George Allison, vibraphone)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (Gustavo Camacho, horn)
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin (Yuliya Varavina, soprano)

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