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The University Symphony Orchestra is one of the major ensembles at Texas Tech. This 80 member ensemble has earned great public acclaim for its performances on campus, during its annual tour, and at national conferences. At least seven major concerts or events are scheduled throughout the year, with a comprehensive repertoire of works from the 18th-21st centuries, including collaborations with guest composers, the University Choirs and Lubbock Chorale, opera department, and with our annual Student Soloist Competition winners. Members regularly perform with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and are in high demand as leading members of other regional orchestras. Rehearsals occur MWF from 1:00-2:50pm at the School of Music. For more information about this ensemble please contact Professor David E. Becker at

Auditions are open to all qualified Texas Tech University students and are held at the beginning of the fall term in August. Click here to go to the audition information page. String Players can audition for 2nd semester, and there may be positions available for winds. There may be additional positions available for winds in the 2nd (spring) semester. String players can audition for 2nd semester. 

The University String Orchestra is designed for non-music majors, string education majors on a secondary instrument, and community members. This ensemble provides an opportunity to both maintain and improve skills playing a wide variety of music with limited weekly time commitments. Rehearsals occur Thursdays from 7-9pm in 011 at the School of Music, with one performance each semester. This course satisfies the visual and performing arts credit requirements and is available for both undergraduate and graduate credit. A limited number of instruments are available for use by those who don't own one. To check availability, send an email to Course information: MUEN 3104 Section 002 - CRN 22895

There is a very informal audition to join, consisting of 1-2 minutes of prepared music of your choice. Plan to attend the introductory meeting on the first Thursday of fall classes at 7pm in room 011, School of Music. After the brief meeting, students can sign-up for an audition. If you missed the first meeting or if you are interested in joining for 2nd (spring) semester, send an email to to arrange an audition time. Students in the fall ensemble do not need to re-audition for spring.