Members of the Symphony Orchestra with instruments looking into camera

Symphony Orchestra

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, Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Professor of Music in Orchestral Studies


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


Audition Info



M-W-F, 12–2p  
MRH 2.118




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Growing up in Turkmenistan, Farkhad Khudyev was a sensational violinist from an early age. His talent brought him to the U.S., where he continued his musical journey at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. While there, he was asked one day to fill in as a conductor. That experience began a new path for Khudyev, which led him to the University of Texas at Austin where he serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the school's Symphony Orchestra.


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



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

A portrait of Gustav Mahler
Event Status
December 2, 2022, 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Symphony No. 5

a portrait of Donnie Ray Albert
Event Status
February 8, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone


Scheherazade, Op. 35

collage of headshots of the concert's soloists
Event Status
March 25, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Farkhad Khudyev, conductor
Imamyar Hasanov, kamancha 
Natig & Umid Shirinov, naghara 
Laman Hendricks, dancer  
Aqil Suleymanov, mugham singer

Concerto for Kamancha 

+ more...

Members of the Symphony Orchestra with instruments looking into camera
Event Status
April 23, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Concerto Winners
Concert 1
student winners of the Symphony Orchestra
Concerto Competition
Members of the Symphony Orchestra with instruments looking into camera
Event Status
April 24, 2023, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Concerto Winners
Concert 2
student winners of the Symphony Orchestra
Concerto Competition


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
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

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