University of the Pacific's Symphony Orchestra provides a full range of performance experiences. Excellence, novelty and the love of music are always on the program. The ensemble collaborates with Pacific Opera Theatre in fully-staged operas and musical theater productions, and performs major choral and orchestral works with Pacific choral ensembles. The orchestra also programs concertos with faculty and guest artists, and with students in the annual Concerto Competition Concert. Participation in this ensemble is open to all Pacific students by audition.

University Symphony Orchestra performs Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 Finale

Examples of Recent Repertoire

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 

  • Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade
  • Takemitsu's viola concerto
  • Ligeti's Lontano 
  • Brahms' German Requiem
  • Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms
  • Wagner's Parsifal
  • Liszt's Les Preludes
Arturo Garcia Winner
University Symphony Orchestra
Annual Concerto Competition

One of the most exciting orchestra ensemble concerts is the annual Concerto Competition. Each year four graduating seniors are selected to represent their class as soloists during the concert.

Pictured: Arturo Garcia '22
(BM, Music Education, saxophone)


Program Faculty

Nicolas Waldvogel Director of University Symphony Orchestra