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Performing Arts


Symphony Orchestra

Director: Kimberly SoutherClass: MUSC 3640 | Audition required

Come play with Clemson's very own symphony orchestra, a mostly student ensemble, that performs four to six times throughout the year. The repertoire ranges from classical to modern music and includes a broad range of styles, genres, and composers.  The symphony hosts many guest artists and enjoys performing and collaborating with living composers on specially commissioned works.

Included within the symphony orchestra repertoire is the annual Halloween concert, featuring a multitude of movie soundtracks and classical favorites.  The symphony also performs with the winners of the Clemson University concerto competition in the spring and perform as a studio orchestra for our silent film concert in March.

Orchestra auditions for seating, scholarships, and the Clemson University String Quartet are held in August.

Auditions will include excerpts and a selection of the musician's choice.

The CU Symphony Orchestra smiles for a selfie on stage with the Brooks Center audience waving in the background

String Orchestra

Director: Kimberly SoutherClass: MUSC 3680

The String Orchestra is designed for students to build instrumental and ensemble experience. No audition is required.

String Orchestra students learn to improve their technique and string-specific skills over the course of the semester.  Balance, blend, and orchestral skills are covered through quality string ensemble repertoire.  Occasional works with small wind sections offer the group experience in Baroque literature and styles including historically informed performance practice.


String Quartet

Director:  Leslie WarlickClass: MUSC 3330 | Audition required

The Clemson University String Quartet is one of the ambassadors of the Department of Performing Arts, playing regularly at university, college and Brooks Center events. This fine group is heard off-campus as well, performing for benefit events and local social activities.

Quartet members are required also to play with the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra and earn a grant-in-aid for their hard work and expertise.

Auditions are held in conjunction with orchestra auditions during the first week of fall classes. The chosen players are appointed for the entire school year.


Pit Orchestra

Director: Kimberly Souther

The Pit Orchestra varies in size each year, from small groups to larger ensembles. Pit musicians collaborate with the Department of Performing Arts on a fully staged musical.