The USA Symphony Orchestra (MUO 133, 433, 533) is a select performing ensemble of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists, augmented by guest artists from the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Jason Rinehart conducts the Symphony Orchestra with an emphasis on classic orchestral literature and live performance.
Recent literature performed includes Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Dvořák's Eighth and Ninth Symphonies, Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphosis, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and Tchaikovsky's March Slav. The top musicians in the USA Symphony Orchestra also have the opportunity to perform
as the USA Opera Orchestra, in conjunction with the USA Opera Theatre program. Recent
USA Opera Orchestra performances include Offenbach's La Vie Parisienne, Smetana's The Bartered Bride, and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.
The Symphony Orchestra is open to music majors and non-majors with prior instrumental performance experience in high school or junior college. All students must win an audition in order to join the ensemble.
String players interested in auditioning for the Symphony Orchestra should contact Dr. Rinehart. Wind players who wish to audition for the full Symphony Orchestra each spring should prepare the audition materials posted for that spring on the Concert Bands page, and indicate at their audition that they are interested in Symphony Orchestra.