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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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
5:30 p.m., National Czech and Slovak Museum

All-State Strings Clinic
Saturday, September 17, 2016
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Marquis Hall
FREE for Corridor-area high school students

Homecoming Showcase
Friday, October 7, 2016 
7 p.m., Sinclair Auditorium 
Gershwin/Whitney, "American in Paris Suite"

Fall Orchestra Concert
Sunday, November 6, 2016 
2 p.m., Sinclair Auditorium 
Janáček, Suite for Strings 
Owen, Two Czech Folk Songs (with guest conductor, Jerry Owen) 
Dvořák , Czech Suite, op. 39

Fall Symphony Orchestra Concert
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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.

Audition Information

New Student Auditions

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 21-22). 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

Students who are assigned to orchestra will perform chair tests during the first week of the fall term (Thursday, August 25). 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)
  • Two assigned orchestral excerpts 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 two orchestral excerpts).

Orchestra Calendar

Coe College Symphony Orchestra