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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.

For example, highlights of our 2014-15 season included a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, a collaboration with professional vocalists in a semi-staged performance of the Finale to Act I of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” and our second collaboration with Cal Poly’s Orchesis dance group in repertoire including Jenkins’ “Palladio,” Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” and “The James Bond Theme."


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

This last year, we toured to San Francisco, performed for students at Lowell High School, spent free time in the city and attended a fantastic concert of the San Francisco Symphony.

Our most recent out-of-state tour was in April 2012, when 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.

We plan to embark on our very first international tour in June 2016, when we will travel to Central Europe and perform in such cities as Vienna and Prague. Don’t miss this unique opportunity!


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