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Letter to Students Interested in Symphony

Dear New Cal Poly Student:

Welcome to Cal Poly! I am pleased to know that you have voiced an interest in the Symphony. There is a long tradition of excellent instrumental music at Cal Poly, and I would like to invite you to become a part of it.

About the Symphony

The Symphony is a full orchestra of 75-80 members that performs music from the Baroque through Contemporary eras in major concerts each quarter. The majority of Symphony members are not music majors, and simply want to make orchestral music a part of their life at Cal Poly, find balance with their studies, and make great friends.


Our repertoire includes everything from blockbuster orchestral works to music from the movies or video games, and we collaborate regularly with guest soloists and other university ensembles.

In the 2012-13 season, for example, we collaborated with a professional photographer, who created an original (and stunningly HD) projection of images to accompany our performance of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." On the same concert, we played video game music, including themes from Angry Birds and Battlefield 2. Other season highlights included Marquez' Danzon No. 2, with Cal Poly's Orchesis dance group performing original choreography, student soloists, and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade."

Highlights of our 2013-14 season included performances of Gustav Holst's "The Planets" and Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story," as well as a collaboration with the Cal Poly Choirs in a program that explored the idea of human destiny. And really, what concert about "destiny" would be complete without Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet," music from Star Wars, and Brahms' "Song of Destiny?"


The Symphony frequently embarks on tours within the state of California and we tour out-of-state approximately every four years.

Most recently, in April 2012, the Cal Poly Symphony traveled to Washington, D.C., performing as the Showcase Concert of the Washington, D.C., International Music Festival. The concert, which took place in the renowned Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was the culmination of this four-day festival, and the tour as a whole was a fantastic cultural and social experience for the entire Symphony.

Our next California tour will take place in 2014-15.


Don't miss your chance to audition for a place in the Symphony this coming year!

Audition sign-up sheets will be posted during WOW week in September, outside room 128 in the Davidson Music Center. The orchestra (MU174/MU374) meets every quarter on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. While most students join in the fall and remain in the orchestra each quarter, if our rehearsals do not fit your schedule in the fall, you can always contact me to join in winter or spring.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or call the Music Department for more information. The Symphony website lists current and past repertoire,audition information, and more.

I look forward to meeting you in September. Have a safe and enjoyable trip to San Luis Obispo!


David Arrivée, Symphony Director
Office: (805) 756-2358 • Fax: (805) 756-7464