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Symphony Orchestra


students playing in orchestraThe West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra is one of the Morgantown region’s premiere music ensembles. The award-winning WVU Symphony Orchestra, led by Mitchell Arnold, WVU’s Director of Orchestral Activities, is a principal ensemble of the WVU School of Music at the WVU College of Creative Arts. 

The WVUSO travels annually to perform Carnegie Hall in Greenbrier County, WV and also makes other appearances throughout the state.  WVUSO has toured West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia and in 2014 it performed in Fort Worth, Plano, and Arlington, Texas as a featured ensemble at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association.  

The WVUSO performs in the Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts Center. Its members are the talented students of WVU many who pursue a variety of music and other degrees. Conductor Mitchell Arnold is entering his twelfth year at the helm and has helped build the ensemble into one with a national reputation for excellence and exciting performances. 

WVUSO performs great orchestral music, both well-known and loved by its audiences and those worthy of discovery. Our mission is to educate and serve as an important cultural institution for our community. There is nothing in world quite like the power and excitement of music for orchestra;  sharing this with our audiences is our greatest achievement.

This year, as we face the global pandemic, WVUSO is grateful to be able rehearse and perform together.  Our programs will focus upon great works for string orchestra and percussion as we celebrate making music together.  Please follow our Facebook page for information about our concerts.  By visiting our concert pages you can find program information, how to view our concerts, and link to downloadable programs.

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