Hear your performance hit a high note: you’ll do that here.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra is a highly acclaimed orchestra that has had the honor to collaborate with well-known artists and has even toured both nationally and internationally. Free concerts, tours, and educational events are available to the community by the symphony orchestra each semester. 

The Symphony Orchestra performs five to six orchestral concerts each year, performing engaging, diverse, and inspiring music from the Baroque era to the music of today.

Collaborations have occurred with nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists, such as Mark O’Connor, Grammy Award Winning Violinist; Allen Vizzutti, Trumpet Virtuoso; Valentina Igoshina and Jack Gibbons, concert pianists; David Halen, Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; and flutists Viviana Guzman and Mark Sparks.  

The Symphony Orchestra has also commissioned and presented a number of world premieres, by such composers as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin (Timeless Banks and Shoals, commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of the River Campus, 2017), Robert Fruehwald (Dangerously Slick (2016) and River (2009), and Jim Stephenson (Two Brothers, 2013).  

In addition, the orchestra has also given concerts in China under the auspices of the American Celebration of Music, performing in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hangzhou, as well as on the Great Wall of China. In July 2017, selected members of the Southeast Missouri Symphony participated in the Festival Suoni d’Abruzzo, Italy, performing in chamber, orchestral, and opera orchestra performances. 

Symphony Orchestra Auditions  

The Southeast Missouri Symphony is a full symphonic orchestra performing the great masterpieces of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century repertoire. The symphony orchestra rehearses each week from 4–5:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Dobbins Center River Campus Room 120.  

Each year the orchestra gives numerous concerts and hosts outreach and educational events. Students are admitted to the Southeast Missouri Symphony on the basis of an audition at the beginning of the semester. Participation in the symphony is open to all students at Southeast, regardless of declared major.  

Winds, Brass, and Percussion 

Your large ensemble placement audition will serve for your placement in both the Wind Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra.  


String Auditions will take place as follows: 

Monday, August 24, 6:45-9 p.m. 
Dobbins River Campus Center Room 126 
Violin and Viola 

Tuesday, August 25, 4-5:30 p.m. 
Dobbins River Campus Center Room 120 
Cello and Bass 

Excerpts for Students' Auditions 

Symphony Orchestra Calendar

The Southeast Wind Symphony presents two performances each semester in the beautiful Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall on the River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

Rising Star Concerto Competition

The Rising Star Young Artist Concerto Competition is for pre-college string players. The competition consists of a preliminary and a final audition round. Winners receive a cash prize and an invitation to perform in the Bedell Performance Hall.

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