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Summer Session Ensembles

Summer ensembles are open to both students and community members, with auditions and rehearsals beginning in mid June.  Please review the resources below for more information about these opportunities.

Summer Chorus

Summer Chorus Director: Rafael Ornes

The Stanford Summer Chorus is a non-auditioned community chorus sponsored by the Stanford Department of Music. Membership is open to everyone; singers typically come from all corners of the Bay Area, and from all age groups and ability levels.


This year, the Summer Chorus concert will take place on Friday, August 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Bing Concert Hall.


The Concert is titled "Earth Songs", and the theme is a celebration of Nature. The centerpiece for the concert is Paul Winter's "Missa Gaia". Along with this are several contemporary works ("Earth Song" by Frank Ticheli, "Island in Space" by Kirke Mechem) and a set of spirituals, which center on the theme of "Water" ("Wade in the Water", "Deep River", "Down to the River to Pray").


The Stanford Summer Chorus rehearses on Tuesday nights, 7:15 - 9:45 p.m., starting on June 23rd in Campbell Recital Hall at Braun Music Center on the Stanford campus. The dress rehearsal will take place on Thursday, August 4th in Bing Concert Hall. | Directions to Campbell Recital Hall


There is a participation fee of $60 (waived for Stanford students and faculty) plus the cost of the score packet. We recommend you arrive between 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. to register and pay your fee at the first rehearsal on June 23rd.

Please contact Rafael Ornes, director of the Summer Chorus with any questions.

Stanford Summer Symphony Orchestra 

Conductor: Anna Wittstruck

The Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra is open to all members of the Stanford community. Although Stanford students are given priority, the Summer Orchestra also welcomes musicians from the local and non-Stanford community.


This year, the Summer Symphony Orchestra concert will take place on Saturday, July 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Bing Concert Hall.


  • Prokofiev: Sinfonia Concertante, featuring special guest, Christopher Costanza, Stanford faculty and cellist for the St. Lawrence String Quartet
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major


The Summer Symphony Orchestra rehearses evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 30
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Monday, July 6
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Monday, July 13
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Thursday, July 16
  • Friday, July 17: Dress Rehearsal in Bing Concert Hall, 7:00-9:30 p.m.


Auditions will take place Sunday, June 28 - Monday, June 29 in Braun Music Center, Room 121. Online signups for auditions are now open here. For those who are currently members of the SSO and/or SPO, you do not need to audition; however, to secure your place in the Summer Orchestra, you must email Anna Wittstruck by Friday, June 5th.

Audition requirements can be found hereFind out more at the Stanford Symphony Orchestra website.

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Monday, April 6, 2015