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Conservatory of Music
Dr. Nicolas Waldvogel
Director of the University Symphony Orchestra
Conservatory of Music
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

University Symphony Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra provides a full range of performance experiences. In addition to the standard repertoire, the orchestra performs literature from the Baroque through the 21st century. It collaborates with the Pacific Opera Theatre in fully-staged operas and musical theater, and performs major choral and orchestral works with the University choral ensembles. The orchestra also programs concertos with faculty and guest artists, and with students in the annual Concerto Competition Concert. 

See and hear the orchestra on YouTube

In addition to concerts, numerous readings of many types are organized throughout the year. Liszt's Les Preludes or a Vivaldi concerto may appear on the music stand, and then disappear just as quickly. The advanced conducting class will sometimes be on the podium, giving students the opportunity to conduct an orchestra. The orchestration class will have a chance to get its final projects heard and critiqued by the full orchestra. Excellence, novelty and the love of music are always on the program.


Participation in this ensemble is open to all Pacific students by auditions. Here are some reasons to join the University Symphony Orchestra:

  • Do you enjoy the classics? We have performed Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
  • Is contemporary music your great interest? Takemitsu's astonishing viola concerto and Ligeti's magical Lontano have been on recent programs.
  • Do you enjoy working with other musicians in large settings? We recently performed Brahms' German Requiem and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms, as well as scenes from Wagner's sublime and immense opera, Parsifal.

Program Faculty
Nicolas Waldvogel, Director of University Symphony Orchestra