Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Ensemble

Symphony Orchestra is a select ensemble of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments that performs works from the extensive orchestral literature. Symphony Orchestra performs on campus in concerts each quarter, as well as annually at the highly acclaimed Sacred Sounds of Christmas, an Advent and Christmas celebration in downtown Seattle.


Membership in Symphony Orchestra is by audition and is open to Music majors, Music minors, and nonmajors. Auditions are held at the beginning of Autumn Quarter (see notices posted in the lobby of Crawford Music Building prior to the beginning of the quarter). Interested members should email the director about audition requirements. A yearlong commitment is expected, and you may take the course an unlimited number of times.


Symphony Orchestra
Prelude and Allegro, by Eric Hanson,* Live 2012
Eric Hanson,* Conductor

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Director and Faculty Contact

Julia Tai

Director of Orchestra
DMA, University of Washington

Phone: 206-281-2949
Office: Crawford 101

Arts Events

Arts Events at SPU

SPU hosts many arts-related events throughout the year. Pictured above: SPU Theatre Department production of "The Billy Goats Gruff" by John Davies, directed by Don Yanik.

Julia Tai directing

Why I Teach at SPU

Julia Tai, Director of Orchestra

“I teach at SPU because I love sharing my passion for music with students. Music brings people together, fosters collaboration, and reveals a deeper part of humanity. It requires lifelong dedication and its existence makes the world a better place. It’s both thrilling and humbling to share this journey with so many wonderful students and faculty at SPU.”