The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has two orchestral ensembles: The University Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra. The Symphony is open to the entire student body at UW-Whitewater through audition. Participation in the Chamber Orchestra requires concurrent participation in the Symphony Orchestra. The majority of orchestra members are music majors although there are a significant number of talented students that have majors outside of the music department from a wide variety of areas.
Both the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras perform a regular concert season each year and the Symphony Orchestra tours semi-annually. Each year the orchestras perform masterworks from the standard orchestral repertoire as well as contemporary modern peices. Each year student concerto soloists are selected to perform with the orchestras through the annual concerto competition and members of the music faculty at UW-Whitewater make guest solo appearances with the orchestras.
Symphony Orchestra has weekly rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-7:20pm.