The Mason Symphony Orchestra is comprised of outstanding string, wind, and percussion players from throughout the School of Music, but is open for participation by all qualified musicians pursuing any major at George Mason University. A seating audition is required for all members.
The orchestra maintains an active performance schedule averaging 3 performances per semester to include an annual “Holiday Season Concert”, and a Music Scholarship Benefit Concert held the first Sunday evening in May. The Mason Symphony Orchestra rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 PM to 6:15 PM in the deLaski Performing Arts Building, Room 3001. In addition to performing works from the standard orchestral repertoire, the Symphony Orchestra routinely performs with the university choruses, and occasionally features new works by student composers, as well as commissioned works by faculty and other composers. Fall 2015 performances will include works by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schmidt, Paul Hindemith, John Rutter, Ralph Vaughn Williams and Gustav Holst among others.
Guest artists and conductors from around the world have appeared with the orchestra. Among these artists are Leonard Slatkin, Doc Severinsen, Allen Vizzutti, Leon Bates, Misha Dicter, Eugenia Zuckerman, Alessandra Marc, Eugene Fodor, Dailey and Vincent, and the late William Warfield.