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Summer Session Ensembles: Chorus and Symphony

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.


The concert will be on Friday August 7, at 7:30pm in Bing (6:30 p.m. call). 


Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass


The Stanford Summer Chorus rehearses on Tuesday nights, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, June 23rd. The rehearsal on 7/14, and the dress rehearsal on 8/6, will be in Bing Concert Hall. All other rehearsals will be held in Campbell Recital Hall. Directions to Campbell Recital Hall


Members pay a $60 participation fee (waived for Stanford faculty and enrolled students), and purchase the music at the first rehearsal. We recommend you arrive between 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. to register and pay your fee at the first rehearsal on June 25th. All scores will be available at the first rehearsal, or at the Stanford Bookstore.

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

Stanford Summer Symphony 

Conductor: Paul Phillips

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


The Stanford Summer Symphony concert will take place on Friday, July 31st at 7:30 p.m. in Bing Concert Hall.


  • BORODIN, In the steppes of Cental Asia
  • TBA, Concerto
  • DVORAK, Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60


Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Dinkelspiel Auditorium from 30 June through 14 July, and in Bing Concert Hall from 16 July through 30 July. Rehearsals from 30 June through 23 July will be from 7:00-9:30pm; the dress rehearsals, on 28 July and 30 July, will be from 7:00-10:00pm. Weekly rehearsal schedules will be distributed to all Summer Symphony members by email by Monday of each week. All Summer Symphony members should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of each rehearsal.

Rehearsal Schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 30
  • Thursday, July 2
  • Tuesday, July 7
  • Thursday, July 9
  • Tuesday, July 14
  • Thursday, July 16: rehearsal held in Bing Concert Hall
  • Tuesday, July 21: rehearsal held in Bing Concert Hall
  • Thursday, July 23: rehearsal held in Bing Concert Hall
  • Tuesday, July 28: Dress Rehearsal #1 (Bing Concert Hall, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, July 30: Dress Rehearsal #2 (Bing Concert Hall, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, July 31: 7:30 p.m. CONCERT (Bing Concert Hall)


Auditions will be held in the Braun Music Center, Room 121, from 26-28 June 2020. The audition consists of three parts and will last 10 minutes: 
Solo piece. Begin by playing a two-minute excerpt of a work of your choice – any piece that displays your best playing (such as a movement of a suite, partita, sonata, or concerto, or an etude). You may bring a second contrasting piece, but it is not required and might not be requested because of time constraints.
Scales. Play one or two scales in the same manner as in your private studies. There is no set requirement regarding how many scales you need to know, but you will be asked to say which ones you know – for example, all majors, all majors and minors, some majors and/or minors (listing which ones), chromatic, etc.
Sight-reading. Sight-read a short excerpt provided at the audition.
Anyone who plays a related instrument, such as piccolo, English horn, E-flat clarinet, or bass clarinet, is encouraged to also play the additional instrument at the audition, if possible


Email Conductor, Paul Phillips at