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Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Course Information

The Cornell Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is one of the highest caliber musical groups on the Cornell campus. The group's members are drawn from all circles of Cornell life, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and members of the Ithaca community. Under the direction of Chris Younghoon Kim, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra has continuously strives to present the best works of contemporary composers as well as compositions by established musical figures.

Course Details

Course Number MUSIC 3621
Credits Either 0 credits, S-U, or 1 credit, letter grade, each semester.
Prerequisite Successful audition.
Conductor Chris Younghoon Kim and James Spinazzola
Orchestra TAs Fall and Spring Lauren Loiacono
Location B20 Lincoln Hall and Bailey Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Contact Tel: 607-255-8614


Regular rehearsals are held in Bailey Hall and B20 of Lincoln Hall.

Please note - Rehearsal times for 2013-2014 season!

Monday 4:45 - 6:25 PM
Wednesday 4:45 - 6:45 PM

Monday rehearsals will be extended by 20 minutes during concert week (4:45 to 6:45 PM).

Dress Rehearsals

Dress rehearsal times will be confirmed at the start of classes.

  • Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM in Bailey Hall
  • Saturday, November 16, 2013, 10:30 - 1:00 PM in Bailey Hall

Fall 2013 Performances

Repertoire is subject to change

Sun. Oct. 6

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 3:00 PM

Cornell Symphony Orchestra (joint concert with Cornell Chamber Orchestra

Bailey Hall, Cornell University

  • Cornell Chamber Orchestra
  • Edvard Grieg: From Holberg's time suite in an Olden Style, Op. 40
  • Roberto Sierra: Folias concerto for guitar and orchestra featuring Matthew Ardizzone
  • intermission
  • Cornell Symphony Orchestra
  • Leonard Bernstein: Candide Overture
  • Leonard Bernstein: On the Waterfront Suite
  • James Spinazzola: new work with silent film directed by Gibson Frasier
  • John Williams: Raider's March
 Sat. Oct. 19

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 8:00 PM

Solisti Ensemble with string players of Cornell Orchestras, Ithaca High School, Tompkins County Youth Orchestra, Boynton Middle School, DeWitte Middle School and other area schools

Bailey Hall, Cornell University

  • Program:
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Variants on Dives and Lazrus
    • Solisti Ensemble will also perform their own 60 minute program in addition to the above joint piece with all Ithaca area string players
Sun. Nov. 17

Sunday, November 17, 2013, 3:00 PM

Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Bailey Hall, Cornell University

  • Niccolo D. Athens: New work written for CSO
  • P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Spring 2014 Performances

Fri. Mar. 7

Friday, March 7, 2014, 8:00 PM

Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Bailey Hall, Cornell University

  • Tania Leon: Ascend
  • Tania Leon: Bata
Tania Leon: Kabiosile with Ryan McCullogh
Composer TBA: concerto TBA with the winner of the 10th annual Cornell concerto winner
Richard Wagner: Overture to Meistersinger
Sun. May. 4

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 3:00 PM

Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Bailey Hall, Cornell University

  • Skrowaczewski: Music at Night
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite
  • Montagues and Capulets - Suite II, 1
  • Juliet the Young Girl - Suite II, 2
  • Minute - Suite I, 4
  • Masks - Suite I, 5
  • Balcony Scene - Suite 1, 6
  • Tybalt's Death - Suite 1, 7
Wed. Apr. 30
April 28-May 2, 2014 - Ithaca International Conducting Masterclass with Carl St. Clair of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra
There will be no performance but Maestro Carl St. Clair will lead a conducting masterclass with international participants during regular rehearsal times.
All members must take Symphony Orchestra as a registered course. You can choose the option of 1 credit for grade or 0 credit for pass/fail option.


Since the Symphony Orchestra is a performance-oriented course, it is expected that each member will attend ALL rehearsals and performances. For any musical ensemble to be successful, every member must demonstrate a high level of commitment to the group. Lateness and absence are detrimental not only to the actual music making but more importantly, to the morale of the entire orchestra. Therefore, grades are based on attendance and musical preparation.

Seating is made on a concert-by-concert basis. Rotation is at the discretion of the conductor, possibly in consultation with other members of the faculty.

Attendance at all concerts and all rehearsals is required. Absence from rehearsals and concerts will be excused only in cases of incapacitating illness or family emergency. Written notice is required, and a doctor's note may be requested. Absences for reasons other than the above will affect your grade and/or membership in the orchestra (see below). At the discretion of the conductor, you might be asked to find a substitute should you be excused from a rehearsal.

Attendance is taken at 4:40 PM on Mondays Wednesdays, (the rehearsal studio clock) and rehearsals begin on time with the tuning note. All musicians should be in their places and warmed up before the start of each rehearsal and after break. Frequent tardiness will affect one's grade and/membership in the orchestra. It is the student's responsibility to request excuses, and document absences/lateness in writing. Each unexcused absence above two (2) will result in your grade being lowered by a letter. Four (4) unexcused absences will cause dismissal with an F. Two tardies will count as one unexcused absence. Absences during concert week will not be allowed. For last minute emergencies, please leave messages on the conductor’s voice mail, (607) 255 8614.

Concert Dress

Women All black: Black skirt or black (dress) pants, black blouse, dark hose, elegant black shoes.
Men All black: Black (dress) pants, jacket, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black shoes. No sneakers or jeans.


There will be sectionals scheduled occasionally throughout the semester, usually during the regular rehearsal time with guest coaches. Sectionals will be coached by either the conductor, the orchestra TA, a guest artist or a section leader. It is required that all attend sectionals. You will have at least a one-week notice of all sectionals via email and on the orchestra website. Sectionals are a great opportunity to make up for lost rehearsal time resulting from an absence.

Guests Artists and Master Classes

There will be opportunities to attend master classes and recitals by guest artists for all members.

Website and Listserv

The orchestra website will have all current info about upcoming rehearsal schedules and concert schedules:

To be included on the orchestra's listserv please contact Chris Kim (

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