UST String Orchestra

The UST String Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble comprised of string players drawn from various academic disciplines.  Students in the orchestra experience acclaimed teaching provided by the conductor, section coaches and the UST string faculty.  The ensemble rehearses twice a week and performs up to two concerts each semester.  Repertoire features standard, international and contemporary orchestral works.  Guest artists regularly rehearse and perform with the String Orchestra.

Who conducts the String Orchestra?

The String Orchestra is conducted by Dr. Matthew George.  Students also receive coaching by the UST string faculty and the Grammy award-winning Parker Quartet, UST's artists-in-residence.

When does the String Orchestra rehearse?

String Orchestra rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35-3:10.

Will playing in String Orchestra fulfill the Fine Arts Requirement?

Yes, students may fulfill the Fine Arts Requirement FREE OF CHARGE by playing in String Orchestra for four semesters (one credit per semester). You'll continue to earn one free credit per semester if you participate for more than four semesters. 

Am I eligible for free lessons through the Freshmen Music Option?

The Freshmen Music Option provides free 30-minute, one credit music lessons to all first year students involved in a large ensemble. Freshmen orchestra students receive free lessons on their performing instrument. 

When are auditions?

Auditions take place during the first two rehearsals of the semester.  Students should prepare one or two pieces which show both lyrical and technical playing.  In addition to your prepared piece(s), there will also be some sight-reading.  The audition will last no more than ten minutes.