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Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to the homepage of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra!

This website aims to keep the Cornell and Ithaca communities up-to-date with all symphony-related information. Additionally, this website serves as the course website for MUSIC 3621, the academic courses for Cornell students participating in the orchestra.

News Highlights

CSO CD now available!


Performance highlights from past seasons available now on CD! Visit the media page to see the track listing and print your order form.

Fall orchestra audition 2014

August, 25-29, 2014

Fall 2014 Orchestra audition info is now live including the audition form and prepared excerpts. Link to the audition page


Symphony News & Announcements

JuL 11

New orchestra website for CSO and CCO

We have a new website design which also has all the audition info and concert information for the 2014-2015 season. Here is a link to both CSO and CCO websites;
NEW CSO website    and    NEW CCO website 

Jun 30

Meet our Assistant conductor for 13-14 season

We welcome Loren Loiacono who will work with CSO and CCO for both fall and spring semesters. Here is a link to her website

Jun 29

Meet our Associate conductor for 13-14 season

We welcome James Spinazzola who will work with CSO for both fall and spring semesters. Here is a link to his bio. Mayfest website bio

Jun 28

Fall 2013 Audition info is now live, including audition excerpts

Complete the audition form online in order to be assigned an audition time. All new and old members must audition for a spot in one of the two Cornell orchestras.
Link to the audition info page

Jun 6

Meet our Assistant conductor for 12-13 season

We welcome Niccolo D. Athens who will work with CSO for both fall and spring semesters. Here is a link to his website. He has recently been awarded a Charles Ives Scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Link to the news

Jun 5

Andrew Lucia's live visuals from May 6

Thanks to Andrew for putting up this live visuals for Taylan Cihan's "An" from the May 6th concert.  youtube link.

May 6

Final concert of the season will be webcast

Our final concert of the 11-12 season will be streamed via Cornell cast.
Here is a link to the web cast.  This link is only available on May 6, 2012.

Apr 25

Jesse Jones wins Rome Prize Competition

Jesse Jones who wrote "Focus" for the Cornell Symphony Orchestra for our March concert, is one of 30 winners of the 116th annual Rome Prize Competition held by the American Academy in Rome. Here is a link to the news. 

Jan 18

Ireland Tour, January 2012

The Cornell Orchestras are planning a possible tour to Dublin, Ireland this past January 9-16. A photo link to the international tour. Thanks Dubliners for a a great collaboration.

Sep 19

Alumni News

On August 13, Hannah de Kleer (2011 - Viola) married Stephen Brown, a 2011 graduate of Cornell Law School. They now live together in Savannah, GA, where Hannah is a 9th grade math teacher at Woodville-Tompkins Career & Technical Hish School and Stephen is an associate at Bouhan, Williams & Levy.

The CSO is proud of all our alumni, and we invite them to keep in contact and submit stories about all the amazing things they've been up to since leaving the hill!

Aug 23

Rehearsal and Concert Calendar

For your convenience, the Symphony Orchestra's rehearsal and concert schedule has been uploaded as a Google Calendar! Please bookmark the link to that calendar, or check often at the rehearsals page to keep informed of practices and events.

June 20

New Audition Information Posted

Preliminary information concerning audtions for the Fall 2011 semester have been posted on the auditions page. All new and returning members must re-audition, so please take a moment to sign-up now!

June 9

Orchestras Awarded ASCAP "Adventurous Programming" Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and the League of American Orchestras awarded the Cornell Orchestras and their director, Chris Kim, an award in "Adventurous Programming" at a conference in Minneapolis this month. This marks the fourth year in a row that the Cornell Orchestras have received this award, which is given out to "...[insure] that concert music in America remains relevant, vibrant, and alive." Congratulations to Chris and the Cornell musicians who performed innovative music this past year!


May 4

Leon Fleisher holds Beethoven Concerto Project at Cornell

The distinguished American conductor and pianist, Leon Fleisher, will rehearse and conduct the 5 Beethoven Piano concertos this week with the Cornell University and Ithaca College Orchestras as part of the Cornell Concert Series. The five pieces will be performed over two concerts scheduled for Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8.. Tickets for both concerts are available for purchase online or at the door. Performing with Leon Fleisher and the Cornell and Ithaca orchestras will be Cornell faculty members Miri Yampolsky and Xak Bjerken, Cornell students Stefania Neonato (D.M.A.) and Daniel Anastasio (Senior), and Spanish pianist Claudio Martinez-Mehner.

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