Music Brochure Contents

The Cal Poly Symphony …

Members of Symphony and Conductor
  • Is a full Symphony Orchestra of 70-80 players: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion
  • Includes students from almost every major—75% are from majors other than Music
  • Performs one or two major concerts each quarter on the main stage of the Performing Arts Center
  • Goes on tours. We performed in the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., in 2012!
  • Provides subsidized lessons to members
  • Has instruments available for check-out to members
  • Is a class: MU 174/374

Works Recently Performed

    • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: "Scheherazade"
    • Music from video games ("Angry Birds," "Battlefield 2" and more)
    • Marquez: Danzon No. 2
    • Mussorgksy/Ravel: "Pictures at an Exhibition"
    • Orff: "Carmina Burana" (with Cal Poly Choirs)
    • Hagen: "Triple Concerto" (West Coast premiere, with the Amelia Piano Trio)
    • Music from the movies ("Jurassic Park," "Psycho" and more)


    • Tuesdays and Thursdays during the quarter, 4:40 - 6:30 p.m.
      Room 216 of the Davidson Music Center (building 45)

How Do I Join?

    • Come to the H. P. Davidson Music Building during the Week of Welcome, or during the first few days of classes. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside room 128.
    • Sign up for a time (10 minutes) and bring a prepared piece (or pieces) of your choice. Choose music that shows you at your best, not necessarily the most difficult piece you know. You should choose a short section that is fast/technical, and a short section that is slow/lyrical, to give the conductor an idea of your playing.


David ArrivéeEnsemble Director
David Arrivée
Email Dr. Arrivée
Office phone: 805-756-2358
Office location: Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 128
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