MIT Symphony Orchestra


Evan Ziporyn, Acting Director for 2019-20 Academic Year

Adam K. Boyles, Director


Symphony Orchestra may be taken for credit: 21M.421

Spring Auditions

Interested in becoming a member of MITSO for the Spring? Auditions will take place in Kresge Auditorium on Tuesday, February 4th between 4:00-7:00pm. Sign up using the red link at the bottom of this page. Questions about auditions? You can contact Andy Wilds at or Evan Ziporyn at



T/Th, 7:30-10pm (Held in Kresge Auditorium)






Upcoming Concerts This Season

March 13, 2020
MITSO & Film
MIT Sounding Series: Annual Rick & Terry Stone Concert

Join MITSO for an evening of film music by John Williams, Angelo Badalamenti, and Harry Manfredini, plus the world premiere of new settings of classic film noir title sequences by Don Byron (with film). The second half will feature the US premiere of Tod Machover's Toronto City Symphony, with new sections created in collaboration with MITSO members!

Harry Manfredini, Friday the 13th Suite
Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch Suite (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks)
John Williams, Devil's Dance from Witches of Eastwick
Don Byron, Saul Bass Title Sequences *World Premiere*
Tod Machover, Toronto City Symphony (MIT Version)


April 24, 2020
East/West (Co-Presented with MITHAS)
Ravi Shankar Centennial Concert

We are pleased to welcome two concerto soloists on our second Spring program! Working in conjunction with MITHAS, MITSO is excited to present Ravi Shankar's Symphony for Orchestra with solo sitar. This program will also highlight our MITSO Concerto Competition winner (TBD). 


May 10, 2020
Vivaldi's Four Seasons Recomposed

Our final concert of the season features MITSO's strings in this reimagined take by Max Richter on Vivaldi's ubiquitous work.


Past Concerts This Season

October 10, 2019
The Heart is a Bell

• Vitezslava Kapralova, Suita Rustica

• Evan Ziporyn, Frog’s Eye

• Iva Bittova, Zvon (US premiere)


November 22, 2019​ - 8:00pm
Ambient Classical

• Erik Satie / Ziporyn, Gymnopedies XYZ

• Richard Wagner, Preludes from Das Rheingold and Lohengrin

• Felix Mendelssohn, Capriccio Brillant (Jansson, piano soloist)

• Pauline Oliveros, Meditation for Orchestra

• Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, Evening Star  (US Premiere)









The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds auditions, by appointment, in the fall and spring. MIT and Wellesley students may take MITSO for 6 units of credit. All local students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition.

Auditions for new and returning members will be held by appointment only during the first week in September. 

Audition Requirements

There are three parts to the audition:

1. Prepare a piece of your choosing, 3 minutes maximum (you may select an excerpt from a longer work).

2. You will be asked for the memorized execution of scales in any key, selected from Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, or Harmonic Minor. You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo.

3. A short sight reading excerpt will also be given.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

*Emphasis is balanced toward execution of good fundamentals over virtuosity*


Register for Symphony Orchestra Audition Here

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