The Eastern Symphony Orchestra is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff. The string section is comprised of music majors, non-music majors, and community members. The wind and percussion sections are comprised of the finest music majors in the Department of Music. The Eastern Symphony Orchestra has quickly become one of the premiere regional orchestras in the state of Illinois.
Students may receive academic credit for orchestra participation. All string performers must enroll in MUS 0210. Wind and Percussion performers enroll in MUS 0211. Students receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of participation. Most degree programs will accept orchestra credit as a "free elective." We strongly encourage you to check with your department's academic advisors for details.
All students must audition for participation in the orchestra. Auditions are held during the first week of school. Please prepare two excerpts from the orchestral repertoire, or two works from your instrument's solo repertoire and etudes. You should prepare five to ten minutes of music for the audition.
The ESO performs at least twice each semester in formal concerts both on and off-campus. The ESO does participate in local, regional and national tours and competitions.
Students may also study privately for academic credit. Applied study is available for all instruments through the EIU Department of Music. Students must have teacher approval to enroll in private lessons. For more information please contact the music department office at:
Phone: (217) 581-3010 E-mail: email@example.com