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Welcome to the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra! The musicians of WVUSO are excited to have the opportunity to share our music with you during the 2020-2021 season! 

This year the global pandemic presents challenges for music ensembles.  We are fortunate at WVU that by following strict guidelines we are able rehearse and perform great music for strings and percussion.  Our home continues to be the magnificent Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre in the Valerie and William Canady Creative Arts Center.  For the foreseeable future however our live concerts will be live-streamed to you, our treasured audience.

Our first concert streamed live on October 8, 2020 at 7:30pm, features two works:  George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, a beautiful, moving tribute to the composer’s grandmother who had passed at the time of composition, and Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet score Carmen Suite, a unique take on the Bizet’s great opera score.  For more information please go to the concert page by clicking the link on this page.

Our second concert is scheduled for live-streaming on November 19, 2020.

WVUSO is committed to maintaining a level of performance excellence and the privilege of sharing music with our audience.  We hope to “see you” at our concerts!.

Mitchel Arnold conducts the WVUSO     

Mitchell ArnoldLetter from the Conductor
It has been my great pleasure to lead the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra since 2007. The talent and passion of our outstanding young musicians is an inspiration and it is an honor for us to hold such an important place in the Morgantown cultural community! 

The members of WVUSO and I cherish the opportunity to present our music to you, our audience. Great art is meant to be shared. The art of music-making with a large orchestra, with its ability to be at once immensely powerful or subtly sensitive, is a source of great excitement for us, just as we hope it is for you. This year, more than any other, making and sharing our music reminds us of what is best of being a community, of sharing our best, and what it means to be human.

This year, the power and subtlety of music should be no more obvious than during our opening concert which opens includes George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, a beautiful tribute to the composer’s grandmother, who had recently passed, and Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite for strings and five percussion, a fascinating take on the George Bizet’s great opera.

Live music can be experienced only once; it can never be the same again! Even as we navigate through the thicket of restrictions imposed in response to the global pandemic, WVUSO is forging ahead with its mission to educate and perform.  Make plans to view our first concert on October 8, 2020 at 7:30 pm. You can read more about this concert and others by clicking on the concert links found on this page. Follow our Facebook page and our School of Music pages for updates about how to view the concert and download programs.  I am excited to bring another truly stellar year of orchestral music to Morgantown and the world! I hope you can join us.

With fondness, 

Mitchell Arnold 
WVU Director of Orchestral Activities