The Stanford Philharmonia is a select chamber orchestra of 45 musicians that rehearses on Tuesday evenings and performs concerts in Bing Concert Hall and venues throughout the Palo Alto vicinity. Membership consists mainly of undergraduate and graduate students plus several staff members and alumni. The orchestra performs repertoire from the Baroque to the present, frequently with outstanding student and faculty soloists as well as renowned visiting artists. Recent performances have featured flute soloist Carol Wincenc, Stanford faculty artists Owen Dalby and Robin Sharp, and several Concerto Competition winners; a live performance of John Corigliano’s score for the film The Red Violin in collaboration with Stanford Live; and The Brilliance of Bach at the Fox Theater in Redwood City as part of the Stanford in Redwood City Speaker Series. The repertoire of recent SP concerts has included music by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Chopin, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn, Mozart, Florence Price, Prokofiev, Purcell, Ravel, Respighi, Schoenberg, Schubert, William Grant Still, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, George Walker, Warlock, Vaughan Williams, and Webern, as well as newer works by Anthony Burgess, Gordon Jacob, Lukas Foss, and Gabriela Lena Frank. Programs during 2021-22 will include music by Benjamin Britten, Adolphus Hailstork, Charles Koechlin, and Darius Milhaud along with works by the composers listed above.
Like its sister organization the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, the Stanford Philharmonia is supported by the Department of Music and the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU). Membership is open to all Stanford undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community. Anyone interested in auditioning for the Stanford Philharmonia, Stanford Symphony Orchestra, or Stanford Summer Symphony should contact orchestra [at] stanford.edu.