corvallis-osu symphony during a performance

The Corvallis-OSU Symphony, led by music director Dr. Marlan Carlson is the oldest continuously operating orchestra in the state of Oregon. From its inception in 1906 as a collegiate orchestra composed of nine members, the symphony has grown into a respected 110-member ensemble performing 4-5 major classical concerts each season. The largely student orchestra also includes OSU music faculty, community members, and professional musicians. Regular rehearsals are held on Monday events at Community Hall on the OSU campus.

Students may participate for academic credit or through the SAC Academy as an extra-curricular activity. Orchestra scholarships are available to students of all majors, and many orchestra scholarship recipients are pursuing majors in the sciences, engineering or business. Highlights from the 2021-22 season include: Tchaikovsky Symphony #5, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Mahler Symphony #10, Szymanowski Violin Concerto #2, and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2. Regular rehearsals for the full orchestra are held on Monday evenings.

Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include: Carl Nielsen Symphony No.5, Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" and Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony.

For information about the symphony or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Marlan Carlson via e-mail ( or via telephone (541-737-5591).

Click here to visit the external Corvallis-OSU Symphony Society Website.