Ball State Symphony Orchestra in Sursa Performance Hall

About the Ensemble

The Ball State Symphony Orchestra (BSSO) is an all-student orchestra comprised of music majors, minors, and non-majors.

The orchestra performs music from all genres and time periods that support an intense and relevant orchestral program through symphonic and opera experiences. The BSSO typically performs six to eight times a year, including the annual main stage opera production. Within an academic setting, the BSSO strives for professionalism and achievement of the highest possible level of performance.

Some advanced BSSO members are offered the opportunity to play in the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, a local professional orchestra including members from the School of Music faculty and regional professional musicians.

Rehearsal Information

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Times

Tuesday and Thursday: 2-4:45 p.m.

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Location

Sursa Performance Hall

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Course Numbers

  • MUSC 140, section 1A (0 credit)
  • MUSC 340, section 1A (1 credit)

Douglas Droste

Conductor

Douglas Droste
director of orchestras and associate professor of music

Join the Ensemble

Audition Required

Any student musician who would like to participate in the BSSO may audition at the beginning of each school year, with openings filled as needed throughout the year.

Audition Excerpts

String auditions for the Ball State Symphony Orchestra are held on the first Tuesday of classes each fall semester. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by Professor Droste's office in the Music Instruction Building (MI-130).

Wind and percussion auditions are held in conjunction with the Ball State Band Department. Please visit the Ball State Bands website for more information.

Graduate Wind Conducting Program

Symphony Orchestra with conductor on stage

The graduate program in conducting is a small and selective program that prepares students to effectively function in academic and professional settings. Ball State offers a master of music with a major in conducting and a doctor of arts in music with a primary emphasis in conducting. Graduate assistantships and yearly stipends are available for students in these programs.