School of Music

Performance Ensembles



The WSU Symphony Orchestra studies, rehearses, performs and reviews original works and transcriptions for symphony orchestra. In addition to performing as a full orchestra, the orchestra divides at times to perform opera, theatre and chamber orchestral works. Each year a student concerto competition is held and the orchestra often performs with high profile guest performers and composers. The WSU Symphony Orchestra provides rehearsal and performance experiences that will assist students in their preparation for careers as performers, teachers, engineers, technicians, managers, composers and lifelong practitioners of music.

Course Goals:

  1. Develop group performance skills in the areas of intonation, blend, balance, phrasing, articulation, and rhythm.
  2. Develop awareness and execution of proper stylistic and performance practices of orchestral repertoire from the Baroque, Classic, Romantic, 20th, and 21st century time periods.
  3. Develop excellent habits of preparation and rehearsing as a member of a performing ensemble.
  4. Develop concert performance abilities that include artistic execution, poise, focus, and etiquette.
  5. Know a broad base of composers who have composed high quality original works for orchestra.
  6. Learn basic elements about the process of composing for orchestra from contact with living composers and the writings of the past.
  7. Develop a greater awareness of high artistic standards through contact with guest artists and performances at professional conventions.
  8. Learn a sense of camaraderie that develops from supporting and working with other musicians.
  9. Learn the ability to interpret physical gestures of conductors and transfer those gestures into musical sounds.
  10. Critique and review live performances in a written format.
  11. Gain awareness and acceptance of the variety of roles that exist within an ensemble and the ability to carry out one's own role.
Music Director:

MATTHEW AUBIN is the Director of Orchestras and French horn instructor at Washington State University. In addition, he is a Co-Artistic Director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City.

Dr. Aubin has conducted and performed internationally from Benaroya Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Musikverein and many stops in between. He is an advocate of American music, contemporary music and music education and has worked to integrate these interests into many of his performances. He recently premiered works by American composers Robert Carl, Seth Bedford and Jess Turner. Dr. Aubin moves easily amongst his diverse musical pursuits and frequently guest conducts, performs and adjudicates.

Prior to his appointment at Washington State University, Dr. Aubin was the conductor of the Symphony Band, Associate Conductor of the Contemporary Players Ensemble and an Adjunct Professor of Conducting and Music Education at The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut. During this time, Dr. Aubin also served as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Programs Conductor. Dr. Aubin led the HSO in several interactive and educational performances each season designed to connect another academic discipline such as reading or math with classical music.

Dr. Aubin taught high school instrumental music for 7 years in Connecticut at Killingly High School and the Norwich Free Academy. While at NFA, Dr. Aubin had many prestigious musicians clinic his ensembles. Among the many guest artists, composer Michael Daugherty visited in the spring of 2005 and jazz trumpet performer/composer Wynton Marsalis visited in the fall of 2005.

Dr. Aubin earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Masters degree in Music Education and Instrumental Conducting at The Hartt School. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from the University of Connecticut. In his free time, Dr. Aubin spends time enjoying the outdoors with his wife Michelle, and their dog Kirby.


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Regular Rehearsals: Tuesday and Thursday 3:10 - 5:00 in Kimbrough, Room B-48

Those wishing to audition for the Spring 2014 semester should check the Auditions tab for more information.

Contact: with any questions.


Fall 2014 Ensemble Placement Auditions will be held on August 24, 2014.

Audition excerpts & requirements and schedules are listed below:

Excerpts & Requirements [PDFs]


*Harp: Please contact Dr. Aubin for more information
*Piano: Please contact Dr. Aubin for more information
*Percussion: Arranged with Dr. Jarvis:

Schedule Your Audition

To schedule your audition time:

  • Follow the link below to the audition schedule for your instrument.
  • Choose an audition time that does not already have a checkmark in its box. Click on the empty box.
  • Click on the box on the left hand side of the table that says "your name." Type your name in the box, then click the save button on the right side of the table.
  • A box will pop up. Enter your email address and mobile phone number and click save again. That's it!


9:00-9:56 AM

10:00-10:28 AM

10:35-10:56 AM

11:03-11:59 AM

Low Brass:
1:20-2:58 PM

3:05-4:01 PM


6:30-7:26 PM

Percussion: TBA


Past Seasons »
Current Season:


Thursday, September 26, 2013 8 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre

Romanian Folk Dances (Román népi táncok )
I. Jocul cu bâta (Stick Dance)
II. Brâul (Waistband Dance)
III. Pe loc (Stamping Dance, or On the Spot)
IV. Buciumeana (Hornpipe Dance)
V. Poarga româneasca (Romanian Polka)
VI. Maruntel (Quick Dance)

Khovantchina: Introduction (Dawn on the Moskva River) (Rimsky-Korsakov)
Rachael Kone--Conductor

Háry János: Intermezzo

~ Intermission ~

Symphony No.8, op.88, B.163, G major
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso
IV. Allegro ma non troppo

Béla Bartók

Modest Mussorgsky

Zoltán Kodály

Antonín Dvořák

WSU/W-ASTA Orchestra Festival Friday, November 1, 2013 12 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre

Selections from Billy the Kid Suite

Symphony No.5, op.67, C minor
I. Allegro con brio
IV. Allegro

Aaron Copland

Ludwig van Beethoven

Thursday, November 7, 2013 8 p.m. Bryan Hall Theatre

Billy the Kid Suite

~ Intermission ~

Symphony No.5, op.67, C minor
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro

Aaron Copland


Ludwig van Beethoven

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