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

3rd Annual Faculty and Friends of Music Concert
Featuring Dr. Amy Phelps, cello
Saturday, February 17, 2018
7:00pm, Sinclair Auditorium
Free Reception in the Alumni House immediately following

FAFOM 2018

HIGH DRAMA: CCSO Spring 2018 Concert
Featuring Andrew Acosta, Viola - First Place Winner of the 2018 Solo Competition
Saturday, April 21, 2018
7:00pm, Sinclair Auditorium

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Can't join us in person? Click here to live stream our concerts from home!

Fall Symphony Orchestra Concert
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Solo Competition

CCSO Solo CompetitionThank you for your interest in the Coe College Symphony Orchestra Solo Competition! We enthusiastically welcome all Coe student vocalists and instrumentalists to apply! If you plan on auditioning, now is a good time to start talking to your teacher and working on repertoire. Please read the information below, and email Dr. Blair ( with any questions or concerns.


  • First Prize: $200 + performance with the Coe College Symphony Orchestra on April 21, 2018
  • Second Prize: $100


  • Solo Competition Application Form (PDF)
  • If a student's application is accepted, he/she will be assigned an audition number and time slot. This information will be sent to the student's Coe email address, and it is the student’s responsibility to collect this information.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: January 22, 2018 (due by 5 p.m. in Dr. Blair's box in the Music Department Office)
  • Solo Competition Audition: February 19, 2018, 7-9 p.m., Sinclair Auditorium

Competition Rules

  • Only current Coe College students are eligible to compete.
  • Only students who are enrolled in at least one faculty-led ensemble at Coe College are eligible to compete.
  • In order to be eligible to win either prize, a student must remain in at least one Coe ensemble for the duration of the term in which they compete.
  • Each applicant must receive approval to compete from his/her private instructor or ensemble director.
  • Each applicant must perform one movement from memory; applicants who compete with sheet music will be disqualified.
  • Solo Competition Auditions are not open to audiences.
  • The judges' decision to award First Prize, Second Prize, and any honorable mentions is final.

Repertoire Requirements

  • One movement of a standard concerto, aria, or solo work for the applicant’s instrument/voice
  • 10-30 minutes of music
  • Preexisting orchestral accompaniment
  • **Vocalists auditioning with a piece made up of shorter (less than 10-minute) movements must perform more than one movement for the Solo Competition Audition.

Audition Requirements

  • Each applicant must check their Coe email for their assigned audition number and time slot; the applicant must arrive on time, warmed up, and ready to play.
  • Each applicant will perform one movement of a standard work for their instrument/voice for a panel of judges.
  • Each applicant is required to perform the entirety of this movement from memory.

The applicant must bring his/her own accompanist and three copies of their music for the judges.

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.

Orchestra Calendar

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