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



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





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)


March 13, 2020
MITSO & Film


April 24, 2020
2020 Concerto Winner









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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Audition Information For All Music Ensembles