Orchestral Ensembles


The NIU Philharmonic has a long, well-earned reputation for excellence and is thriving as an integral part of the NIU School of Music. 

The Philharmonic plays five orchestral concerts each season, in addition to two performances of a fully-staged opera production with the Opera Workshop each spring. 

Faculty members from the School of Music often appear as guest soloists with the Philharmonic in performance, and each season also features a concert of winners from our annual concerto competition.

Students in the Philharmonic are exposed to a vast array of repertoire each season, from the great standards of past centuries to the most exciting music of today. 

The skills fostered in the Philharmonic—individual musical excellence, collaboration and the synthesis of skills acquired in all other School of Music courses—serve students well as they continue throughout their careers.

The Campus String Orchestra is open to any string player on campus. Music students are welcome to participate on their secondary string instruments. The orchestra combines with the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra for two concerts each semester.