orchestraThe UNCG Symphony Orchestra is a highly select ensemble of approximately ninety performers majoring in music. Performers include undergraduates through masters and doctoral candidates in music performance and music education. Membership in the organization is highly competitive, and all students are placed by audition. Members of the Symphony have achieved numerous individual honors including solo competition awards on regional and national levels, music scholarships, undergraduate teaching fellowships, graduate assistantships and fellowships, and membership in honors ensembles.

The UNCG Symphony Orchestra periodically tours the state and region, and has recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC. A recent review in the Classical Voice of North Carolina described the Orchestra’s performance as, “dramatic and incisive,” and “beautifully done.”

In addition to the performances of standard orchestral literature, the Symphony Orchestra collaborates annually with the UNCG choirs to present a major choral/orchestral work. Faculty, as well as winners of the annual Student Artist Competition, often are featured as soloists. The Symphony combines with the School of Music Opera Program and the UNCG Theatre Department to perform a fully staged opera production each spring semester. String performers who are not majoring in music are especially encouraged to participate. Dr. Kevin M. Geraldi is the conductor.


Recent Repertoire Highlights

Selections listed alphabetically

  • Barber – Prayers of Kierkegaard
  • Copland – Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica”
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C minor
  • Brahms – Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  • Brahms – Schicksalslied (Song of the Fates)
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 2 in D Major
  • Brahms – Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
  • Gershwin – An American in Paris
  • Higdon – blue cathedral
  • Mahler – Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 1
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 4
  • Mendelssohn – The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave)
  • Mozart – Requiem, K. 626
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition
  • Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet, Suite No. 2
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Overture
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade
  • Schelle – Samurai
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5
  • Sibelius – Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43
  • Strauss – Death and Transfiguration
  • Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (1919)
  • Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4
  • Theofanidis – Rainbow Body
  • Turina – Danzas Fantasticas
  • Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger
  • Wagner – “Wotan’s Farewell” from Die Walküre