Ensemble - Symphony Orchestra

Who is eligible? 
Entrance is by audition and is open to Faculty of Music students, University staff and students, and the community.

Rehearsal schedule

  • Mondays: 3:45 pm to 6:00 pm &
  • Wednesdays: 4:45 pm to 7:00 pm

Dr. Naomi Woo - Conductor
Dr. Minna Rose Chung - Coordinator of Orchestral Studies

The University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra (UMSO), under the direction of conductor Naomi Woo, provides intensive training and performance experience in orchestral repertoire. Comprised mainly of string, woodwind, brass and percussion majors at the Desautels Faculty of Music, the ensemble is also open to all University of Manitoba students, staff and members of the community by audition. Orchestra members rehearse weekly and perform a wide range of repertoire including Baroque masterpieces and contemporary premieres in addition to the Classical and Romantic orchestral canon. A special feature of the orchestra program, UMSO members have regular opportunities to work closely with musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in coachings and sectionals. UMSO also collaborates with the U of M Opera Theatre, the University Singers and well as other choirs and the composition department at the Desautels Faculty of Music.

Works performed in past seasons: 

  •  Elgar: Enigma Variations
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
  • John Adams: Shaker Loops
  • As well as major symphonies by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Bruckner, Schumann, Mozart and Shostakovich.