Symphony Orchestra

The Ensemble

Coe College Symphony Orchestra logoThe Coe College Symphony Orchestra offers a comprehensive ensemble experience for students seeking to develop their orchestral playing skills, expand their studies on their instruments, and learn exciting repertoire. The CCSO exemplifies the collaborative spirit of a liberal arts education by including music majors, non-majors, and faculty members. Orchestra members enjoy the opportunity to perform multiple times per semester in a variety of orchestral and collaborative concerts in venues on campus, off campus, and on tour. The CCSO prides itself on maintaining high artistic standards and actively contributing to the vibrant musical culture at Coe and throughout the community.


Our Director

The newest member of the Coe College Music Department faculty, Michelle Perrin Blair is one of 85 women nationwide to be honored as a leader in her field by the prestigious PEO Scholar Award. Blair holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston, where she became known for her premieres of new works and collaborations with both composers and soloists. Blair is in demand as a guest conductor and clinician, and she is well known for her extensive work with young ensembles, including the Houston Youth Symphony, the Texas region circuit, and Houston Ballet II. In addition to conducting, Blair maintains a busy schedule as a violinist, both performing and teaching, and she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Southwestern University.


Upcoming Events

Homecoming Showcase - Celebrating 25 Years of FOMAC
With guest collaborators: Duchess
Friday, October 13
7:00 p.m.
Sinclair Auditorium


"Leader of the Pack" - Fall Musical
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 3, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Dows Theatre


Fall Orchestra Concert
Saturday, December 2
7 p.m.
Sinclair Auditorium

  • Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
  • Debussy, Petite Suite
  • Britten, Simple Symphony

Fall Symphony Orchestra Concert
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First-Year Auditions
New Students Only

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Coe College Symphony Orchestra! Membership in the CCSO is open, by audition, to all Coe students. Auditions for new students will take place during orientation week (August 19-22). Audition schedules will be sent to your Coe email address; respond to that email in order to confirm your audition time. Please read the audition information below.

Audition Requirements

  • Two-octave scale (major or minor) of the student's choice
  • Prepared solo (unaccompanied, from the classical or pop repertoire)
  • Sight-reading
At the Audition
  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
  • Arrive warmed up and ready to perform.

Come prepared on all repertoire with your own copies of the music (except for sight-reading).


Chair Tests
All New & Returning Students

Students who are assigned to orchestra will perform chair tests during the second week of the fall term (August 29). Chair test schedules will be posted outside the Director of Orchestra's office (Marquis 208) on the first day of classes. Please read the information on chair tests below.

Chair Test Requirements

  • Two- or three-octave scale (major or minor) chosen by the adjudicator
  • Prepared solo (unaccompanied, from the classical or pop repertoire)
  • 1-2 assigned orchestral excerpt(s) posted at the link below (you must use your Coe email address to access, or the link won't work.)

At the Audition

  • Arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
  • Arrive warmed up and ready to perform.

Come prepared on all repertoire with your own copies of the music (including the 1-2 orchestral excerpt(s)).


Corridor Music Fellowship

The Coe College Symphony Orchestra's (CCSO) Corridor Music Fellowship program identifies outstanding high school musicians in the Corridor who have demonstrated exceptional technical and musical skills on their instruments, significant potential for ensemble leadership, and a passion for orchestral playing.  The Fellowship gives students the opportunity to participate in the CCSO.

Read more and apply here.


All-State Strings Clinic 2017

Coe's Music Department is excited to welcome local string players auditioning for All-State to our campus for a FREE clinic! Participants will have the opportunity to work with Coe's Orchestra Director and our esteemed string faculty: Michael KimberAmy Phelps, John Hall, and Gretchen Brumwell

Read more and register here.


Orchestra Calendar

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