Symphony Orchestra

Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra

The Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble dedicated to learning and performing excellent orchestral repertoire from the 18th century to the present, seeking to glorify God and minister to others through the process.


The orchestra performs four major concerts per season, and two or three additional shorter or shared concerts. During the 2017-18 season the orchestra will appear on the Wheaton College Artists Series on “An Evening of Singing,” featuring the internationally famous tenor, Lawrence Brownlee, singers from the Lyric Opera Ryan School, and the college choirs. In addition, guest conductor Alex Jimenez, director of orchestras at Florida State University will conduct the orchestra in concert, and Professor of Piano Karin Redekopp Edwards will be a guest soloist.

Symphony Orchestra is a full-year course and is open to all students. Auditions are held during the first three days of classes in the fall, August 23-25. New students should sign up for a time during Freshman Orientation (in Lower Beamer). Auditions consist of a short (two minutes or less) excerpt from a solo of your choice PLUS the orchestral excerpts as provided, below.

Instrumentation: violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes (includes piccolo), oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harps, percussion

Dr. Daniel Sommerville, conductor


Audition Music for 2017-18

(All links are to PDFs)



Brass and Percussion

Harpists, please contact Dr. Sommerville.


Symphony Orchestra Photos


Rehearsal Times

  • Full orchestra rehearsal times are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:15 to 6:15pm
  • String sectionals (9 times per semester) are held Mondays, 5:00-6:15pm, and are led by faculty string coaches
  • Woodwind and percussion sectionals are on selected Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15pm
  • Brass sectionals are twice a semester, 10:00am to noon, two Saturdays per semester and are led by CSO Assistant Principal Trumpeter, Mark Ridenour

Private Study

Study with one of our outstanding private teachers, many of whom are very active performers in top chamber groups and orchestras in the Chicago area, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Music of the Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Chicago, period instrument ensembles, and many other performance organizations.

Other Opportunities

Student tickets (usually $15) are available for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts (both at Symphony Center, Chicago, and for the three-concert series the CSO performs at Edman Chapel, Wheaton College) and the Lyric Opera. Students also get in free to the world-reknown Art Institute of Chicago with a student ID. Many of our students regularly avail themselves to these opportunities. Transportation is easy, with the train station just across the street from the southeast corner of campus.

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