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Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1941, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra has proudly served Northeast Wisconsin for over 80 years. Comprised of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students, community members, and professional musicians, the orchestra strives to bring passion and joy to its members and to the community that it serves. Learn more >>

OSO is a home for musicians of all majors, levels, and ages, those who are skilled as well as those who are aspiring. OSO offers members the opportunity to learn, rehearse, and perform music, as well as foster community engagement and economic and social development. Internships and practicums are available.

For the students of OSO, the unique model provides a professional training orchestra experience. Professional principal players mentor and instruct students within their sections. The unique environment stimulates learning through the rehearsal process and enables the performance of more advanced and challenging music. OSO expands the offering of the UWO Department of Music as it provides an outlet for adult musicians to continue their passion for playing in an orchestral ensemble.

If you are interested in performing with or working with the orchestra, please contact Dr. Dylan T. Chmura-Moore at


Both Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh play a vital role in the community in regard to education, cultural enrichment, and community building. A partnership exists to strengthening a shared mission: to best serve the people of Oshkosh and beyond through educational endeavors, economic development, and the presentation of exceptional musical programing that “heighten intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities.”

OSO is proud to serve the people of Northeast Wisconsin in pursuit of building a stronger and more beautiful community. This begins with the people of the orchestra; musicians from diverse backgrounds, providing the orchestra with a rich cultural and musical foundation. Professional musicians, community members, and UWO students perform side-by-side; making this a symphony with a wide variety of people and skill, and one always open to new members.


Eligibility: UWO students of all majors and adult community members
When: Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7:00-9:30pm
Where: Music Hall, Arts and Communication Building, on the campus of UW Oshkosh
Requirements: Acceptance into OSO is by audition. Contact Dr. Dylan T. Chmura-Moore for more information.

“Once you join an [orchestra], you are a member of a great fraternity, whose purpose is the most dignified one you can imagine: to inspire one another and unite in building up a creation that is greater than one individual’s deeds.” —Paul Hindemith, A Composer’s World


  • Concert information can be found here such as dates, music, collaborators
  • Tickets can be purchased here or in person at the concert

Student Registration

Incoming students and non-music majors typically enroll in MUSIC 141. Upper level music majors enroll in MUSIC 341. Auditions and chair placement are held during the first week of classes each semester. If an audition is taken in the fall, auditioning in the spring is not required.

More Information

For more information about OSO, please contact Dr. Dylan T. Chmura-Moore at



All students must audition for placement in OSO. Entrance auditions take place the first week of the academic year.


Auditions will take place September 7-8, 2023. Sign up for an audition time by visiting N222 in the Arts and Communication Building.

  • Freshmen, transfers, and students new to the orchestra: Perform a solo or etude of your choosing. Please note that time only allows for a few minutes of this work to be heard.
  • Returning students: Perform a solo or etude of your choosing. In addition, prepare one of the orchestral excerpts associated with your instrument here.
  • Sight-reading will be assigned.

Wind, Brass, and Percussion

  • Wind (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon): Sept. 7, AM, A/C N121
  • Brass (Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba): Sept. 7, PM, A/C N121
  • Percussion:
    • Returning members: Sep. 6 and 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., room N14
    • New members: Sep. 7, 4:10-6:10 p.m., room N14

OSO and Symphonic Band/Wind Ensemble auditions will be held simultaneously and will be heard by both Dr. Otto and Dr. Chmura-Moore. Please visit the bands page for audition music and to sign up for a time slot:

Music Department

(920) 424-4224

Arts & Communication Center
800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

(920) 424-4224
Arts & Communication Center

800 Algoma Blvd.
Oshkosh, WI 54901