• 2018-2019 season

    Cornell Orchestras

  • Upcoming Concerts

    All concerts are free and open to the public

    3 pm, Sunday, 9/30/2018

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Henry Hao-An Cheng, guest conductor

    with the Cornell Chamber Orchestra

    CAROLINE SHAW In Common Time with Chamber Singers

    CAROLINE SHAW En'tracte for String Orchestra
    OTTORINO RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3


    Cornell Symphony Orchestra

    XIAN XINGHAI Yellow River Piano Concerto

    EDWARD ELGAR Nimrod and Finale from Enigma Variations

    3 pm, Sunday, 10/21/2018

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Henry Hao-An Cheng, guest conductor

    Jennifer Koh, violin

    As part of the Cornell Concert Series

    ANNA CLYNE Rest These Hands for solo violin and String Orchestra

    3 pm, Sunday, 11/11/2018

    [postponed to next semester]

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Timna Mayer, leader



    Four Seasons Recomposed "Spring and Summer"

    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings [2 mvts]

    3 pm, Sunday, 11/18/2018

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Octavio Más-Arocas, guest conductor

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 1 "Titan"

    5:30 pm, Thursday, 11/29/2018

    @Cayuga Heights Elementary School

    Timna Mayer, leader

    Madeline Schatz, guest conductor

    Engaged Cornell Performance at Cayuga Heights Elementary School

    P.I. TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings, mvt. 3 & 4

    ANTIONIO VIVALDI/MAX RICHTER 4 Seasons Recomposed, "Spring" & "Summer"

    Cornell Orchestra Tour to Asia

    Chris Kim, conductor

    Collaboration with Taipei Symphony Orchestra

    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 1 "Titan"

    4:45 pm, Thursday, 2/7/2019

    @Lincoln Hall, Cornell University

    Open rehearsal with A Far Cry

    Repertoire TBA

    3 pm, Sunday, 3/9/2019

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Adrian Slywotzky, guest conductor

    4th Annual Young Person's Concert

    with 15th Cornell Concerto competition Student winner, TBA

    RAVEL/MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition

    3 pm, Sunday, 3/17/2019

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Timna Mayer, conductor

    BELA BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
    W.A. MOZART Die kleine Nachtmusik, Allegro
    ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Muerte del Angel & Libertango

    7 pm, Friday, 4/26/2019

    @Barnes Hall, Cornell University

    Timna Mayer, conductor

    Repertoire TBA

    3 pm, Sunday, 4/28/2019

    @Bailey Hall, Cornell University

    Adrian Slywotzky, guest conductor

    IGOR STRAVINKY Firebird Suite [1919]

    JOHANNES BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

  • Recent News

    What has the orchestra been up to?

    Cornell Orchestras earn American Prize awards for 2016-2017 season

    The Cornell Orchestras were finalists in five American Prize awards for the 2016-2017 season.


    2nd place, CSO: The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, college/university division: Read more


    2nd place, CSO: The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, college/university ensemble division: Read more


    3rd place, Chris Younghoon Kim, Ensemble X: The American Prize in Conducting, professional orchestra division: Read more


    Finalist Honorable Mention, Chris Younghoon Kim, Cornell Orchestras: The American Prize in Orchestral Programming Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award, college/university division: Read more


    Finalist, Chris Younghoon Kim, CSO and Cornell Chorus and Glee Club: The American Prize in Choral Performance, college/university division: Read more



    Cornell Symphony Orchestra collaborates with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis

    During the spring 2018 semester, CSO had the privilege of working with acclaimed jazz musician Wynton Marsalis during his weeklong residency at Cornell University.


    Read more about the collaboration in the spring 2018 newsletter


    Photos from the week

    Spring 2018 Cornell Orchestras Newsletter

    The newest edition of the Cornell Orchestras' Newsletter, Whole Note, has been published.


      Click here to check it out!

    Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fundraiser a Huge Success

    Thank you to all who attended our September 30 concert and donated funds toward hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. We raised over $1500 in one evening thanks to your help. Your generous gifts more than doubled the contributions from the Cornell community thus far.


    See the post from Cornell PRSA here

    Cornell Orchestras tour Argentina

    During spring break in 2017, the Cornell Orchestras embarked on an exciting week-long tour to Argentina. Our collaboration with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Neuquén and Maestro Andres Tolcachir culminated in a sold-out performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Aside from rehearsal, our members were able to enjoy the sights of Argentina and take in the local culture.


    More about the tour

    Alumni member Risa Naka was on hand in Seattle to accept the award on behalf of the Cornell Orchestras

    27 American orchestras were recognized with 2013-14 ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming at the League of American Orchestras’ National Conference, June 4-6 in Seattle. ASCAP and the League present the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge the audience, build the repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time. Press release linked here, and a complete repertoire list is posted here. Photo credit: Robert Wade Photography


    Read more

  • Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

    Our partners from our 2014 tour to Puerto Rico have been greatly affected by recent hurricanes. Please consider contributing to the Students With Puerto Rico fund at the link below in order to aid relief efforts.


    There is also a fund being run by the Puerto Rican Student Association of Cornell via venmo, @prsacornell