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.

Farkhad Khudyev

Music Director, The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Professor of Music in Orchestral Studies



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


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M-W-F, 12–2p  
MRH 2.118




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Scene and Duet from Ballet Suite No. 2,
"The Path of  Thunder"

Gara Garayev
Farkhad Khudyev, conductor

Bates Recital Hall 
Austin, TX

Symphony Orchestra violinists performing in Bates Recital Hall



Each season the Symphony Orchestra performs  major works with winners of the Butler School Concerto Competitions.



Recent Visiting Artists

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

Headshots of Recent Visiting Musicians

Upcoming Performances

Symphony Orchestra

Anton Nel sits with his left arm resting on top of a grand piano wearing a black shirt.
Event Status
Sep. 27, 2021, 7:30 - 9 pm
Featuring Anton Nel, piano

W.A. Mozart | Piano Concerto No. 23

Florence Price | Dances in the Canebrakes  

Tchaikovsky | Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy  

Symphony Orchestra

Portrait of Gabriela Lena Frank
Event Status
Oct. 23, 2021, 7:30 - 9 pm

Gabriela Lena Frank | Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout 

Schubert | Rosamunde, D. 797 

Beethoven | Leonore Overture No. 3 


Symphony Orchestra

A collage of seven faces side-by-side with a sepia filter.
Event Status
Nov. 22, 2021, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Featuring brass & woodwind faculty

Frank Martin | Concerto for 7 Wind Instruments, Timpani, Percussion and Strings  

Antonín Dvořák  | Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88  

Symphony Orchestra

A man wearing a black suit holds a clarinet and smiles.
Event Status
Feb. 13, 2022, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
with Jonathan Gunn, clarinet 
& Anton Nel, piano

Polina Nazaykinskaya | Nostalghia   

W.A. Mozart | Symphony No. 40 in G min.


Symphony Orchestra

A collage of four faces side-by-side with a sepia filter.
Event Status
Mar. 4 - 5, 2022
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 
With UT Combined choirs

Rebecca Davis, soprano 
Page Stephens, mezzo soprano 
Ben Gulley, tenor 
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone 

Symphony Orchestra: Concerto Winners Concert 1

Six students stand together holding string instruments and smiling.
Event Status
May. 2, 2022, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Featuring John Dawson, marimba
& Nick Hammel, violin

Emmanuel Séjourné | Marimba Concerto  

Max Bruch | Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46 

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Symphony Orchestra: Concerto Winners Concert 2

Six students stand together holding string instruments and smiling.
Event Status
May. 3, 2022, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
José Ramón García Pérez, piano

Sergei Rachmaninov | Piano Concerto No. 3

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Past Seasons


Hector Berlioz
Symphonie Fantastique

Edvard Grieg
Lyric Suite

Jordan Kuspa
Lemondade 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


Samuel Barber
Violin Concerto

Leonard Bernstein
Symphony No. 2

Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dances

Antonín Dvořák 
New World Symphony

Zhan Hao He
Fantasy of Jasmine for GuZheng and Orchestra

Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 2

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings

Henri Tomasi
Concerto for Alto Saxophone


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