Members of the Symphony Orchestra with instruments looking into camera

Symphony Orchestra


M-W-F, 12–2p  
MRH 2.118


UTSO is a one credit hour course. 



The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra performs a diverse range of symphonic literature six times a year. The ensemble collaborates with prominent artists from around the globe, as well as with the distinguished faculty of the Butler School of Music. Recognized as one of the premier college orchestras in the nation, the UTSO is regularly featured on Austin’s classical music station, KMFA 89.5, and has performed in a number of prestigious local and national venues.


UTSO is open to all qualified students university-wide by audition.  

Auditions take place in the first week of the Fall semester.  Audition information is typically posted around August 1 each year. 

Students may choose to register for the course either before or after the audition. In the event a student is not selected, they can drop the course credit according to standard university policy. Registering for the course does not guarantee admission.


Audition Info


Farkhad Khudyev

Music Director, Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Professor of Music in Orchestral Studies


Read More about Farkhad Khudyev

Ke-Yuan Hsin

Co-Director, University Orchestra

Teaching Assistant, Orchestral Conducting

Read More about Ke-Yuan Hsin


Go inside rehearsal with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. Students discuss their love for the music, their shared experience and their beloved conductor, the orchestra's Director of Music Farkhad Khudyev, who brings passion and energy to every rehearsal and concert.



Symphony Orchestra violinists performing in Bates Recital Hall

 Concerto Competition

Each season the Symphony Orchestra performs  major works with winners of every Butler School Concerto Competition:

  • Strings
  • Brass, Woodwinds & Percussion
  • Piano
  • Voice & Opera
  • Composition 



Recent Visiting Artists

John Adams
William Bolcom
Carl St. Clair
James Conlon
Michael Gilbertson
Jennifer Higdon
Michelle Merrill
Christopher Roundtree

Headshots of Recent Visiting Musicians

Upcoming Performances

No events at this time.


Scene and Duet from Ballet Suite No. 2,
"The Path of  Thunder"
Gara Garayev
Farkhad Khudyev, conductor

Bates Recital Hall 
Austin, TX

Past Seasons


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9
Leonore Overture, No. 3, Op. 72b

Max Bruch
Marimba Concerto

Antonín Dvořák 
Symphony No. 8

W.A. Mozart
Concerto for Piano No. 23 in A Major, K.488
Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Florence Price
Dances in the Canebrakes

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30

Camille Saint-Saëns
Romance for horn & Orchestra, Op. 36

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasie






Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique

Edvard Grieg
Lyric Suite

Jordan Kuspa
Lemonade Battery 

Sergei Rachmaninoff 
The Bells

Maurice Ravel
Suite from Ma Mére l'Oye

Dimitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 15

Jean Sibelius
Symphony No. 2

Richard Strauss
Ein Heidenieben, Op. 40


Béla Bartók 
Concerto for Orchestra

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7

Ash Fure
Bound to the Bow

Michael Gilbertson
Fool's Gold

Jennifer Hidden
Oboe Concerto

Sergei Prokofiev
Romeo & Juliet Suite 1

Dimitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5

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