The University of Tulsa Symphony Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble that includes undergraduate students from throughout the university. All full-time students are welcome to audition. Led by conductor Richard Wagner, the TU Symphony performs several concerts during the year and participates in full choral and opera performances with the TU Concert Chorale and TU Opera Theater.
In addition to the standard concert repertoire, the orchestra is a resource for TU faculty and student composers and frequently accompanies TU faculty soloists as well as the student concerto/aria winners each April. In collaboration with TU’s Department of Film Studies, the orchestra hosts nationally prominent film, TV and video game composers and orchestrators and records cues for student composers later presented in public performances.
The orchestra tours locally and regionally and recently represented TU at the 2015 Oklahoma Music Educators Association and in February 2017, was one of two orchestras invited to perform as an honor group in Washington DC for the College Orchestra Director’s Association (CODA) National Conference.