Welcome to the orchestra! Skule™ Orchestra is a 50 member symphonic orchestra of string, wind, and percussion instrumentalists. The orchestra is a place for students to have fun performing challenging repertoire ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles. We hold weekly rehearsals and various exciting events during the year, including concerts, trips to local music events, socials, and chamber performance opportunities. We have members from all around the university community, so the orchestra is a great place to meet people with shared interest in music. If you played an instrument in high school, this could be the ensemble for you!
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the orchestra will rehearse on Mondays from 6:45 to 9:30 PM. Rehearsals will take place on the 5th floor of 256 McCaul Street. Find us at the UTSU and Engineering Clubs Fair on September 6th, and join us for our open rehearsal on September 11th at 7PM! Auditions for the 2017-18 year are now closed. For more information about auditions, feel free to check out our past audition requirements or contact us.
If you don't play an instrument, but enjoy music, make sure you come to our exciting events during the year, including:
For more information and dates, check out the Skule™ Music Events Calendar.
Applications for the 2017-2018 Skule Orchestra Concerto Competition are now closed. We thank all applicants for their interest!
If you are interested in performing a solo work with the orchestra, check out this page for more information about our past Concerto Competition rules.
The orchestra was founded in 2006 as the Skule™ Chamber Orchestra by Geoffrey Siu, Walter Chan, and David Lee, as a place for students who played a wind or string instrument in high school to continue their musical pursuits. With help and financial assistance from the Engineering Society, the Alumni Association, the Division of Engineering Science, and the office of the Vice Dean Prof. Evans, the orchestra came to life. Over forty members showed up to the first rehearsal - and kept coming back - forcing the name of the ensemble to be changed to Skule™ Orchestra.
The orchestra's first event was Skule™ Music Concert at the J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building, which attracted hundreds of students, staff, and faculty. Later in the year, Dr. Wayne Jeffreys, a professional musician from Vancouver, visited the orchestra to conduct a clinic, and the orchestra finished the year with a spectacular Symphonic Boom.
In its second year, the orchestra looked to integrate itself more into the engineering community by successfully hosting a unique new event called Moment, the Valentine's Ball. Held in Hart House Great Hall, Moment featured live music from the orchestra, sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, and professional dance instruction. In 2009, the orchestra performed with world-famous soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and acclaimed conductor Julian Kuerti in the Engineering Science 75th Anniversary Concert. The orchestra was also invited to perform at the Formula North Gala in 2013. For the 2017-18 year, the orchestra is looking forward to hosting a coffeehouse highlighting chamber music performed by orchestra members.
All U of T students have free access to the Naxos Music Library, a huge online collection of thousands of CD's of mostly classical music. Check it out!