Hofstra Symphony Orchestra
Hofstra University proudly features two full-time orchestras on campus:
- The Hofstra Symphony Orchestra, a full complement of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion that meets on Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm; and
- The Hofstra Chamber Orchestra, a more intimate group featuring strings and selected woodwinds, brass and/or percussion that meets on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30pm.
Rehearsals take place in the Shapiro Family Hall's beautiful rehearsal hall (SFH 10), with performances in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse (South Campus). Both orchestras perform masterworks by the most renowned composers in music history, from the Baroque era to the 21st-century. The orchestras also take part in readings of new works by Hofstra composers.
Importantly, we pride ourselves on being a supportive group of enthusiastic musicians who love to collaborate, learn and simply have fun making music. We work hard as a full ensemble, in sectionals and on our own to maximize our collective artistic potential, and we do so with the aim of bringing out the best in each other.
The orchestras are comprised primarily of Hofstra undergraduate and graduate students, along with other members of the Hofstra community, including staff, faculty and alumni. We also invite surrounding community members to inquire about auditioning, as space allows. Hofstra students can take either course for 0.5 credits (22A or 26A) or for no credit (22B or 26B).
Fall auditions are normally held during the first week of classes, and by appointment thereafter. Spring auditions are arranged by appointment by emailing Prof. Glaser.