Join the UT Orchestra!


Are you an instrumentalist? Do you like playing in an orchestra? Don’t miss this opportunity to join the Community-Student Orchestra at The University of Tampa.

Students and community artists with experience in string orchestras or symphony orchestras are invited to participate in The University of Tampa Symphony Orchestra.

Membership in the UT Orchestra is open to any student, regardless of major, classification and experience level. You are NOT required to be a music-major in order to participate.

University of Tampa Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra presents one to two concerts each semester and is conducted by Kira Omelchenko. The full orchestra is a combination of UT students and community members. Repertoire includes large instrumentation ranging from overtures to concertos, standard pieces and modern works. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. and Thursdays 4-5:15 p.m. (students only) in Music Building room 90. (Course number MUS-289)

Auditions will take place the first two days of classes in the fall. Please contact Omelchenko to schedule an audition. Auditions will consist of a three-octave scale, a short solo of the player’s choice and sight reading.

About the Director

Omelchenko conducts The University of Tampa Orchestra as well as Chamber Music and String Ensemble. At UT she teaches string techniques, music literature, music fundamentals, music for life and music history. Read more on Omelchenko's faculty profile page.

UT’s instrumental music faculty members are active performers with extensive professional experience. Get in touch with them through music@ut.edu or from the faculty directory

Kira Omelchenko, orchestra
Lei Liu, violin/viola
Lowell Adams, cello
Dee Moses, string bass
Dolly Roberts, harp
John Demas, classical guitar

Prospective Students

We want you in the UT String and Orchestral Studies area! Incoming students must first apply to The University of Tampa, send official test scores to the UT Office of Admissions, schedule a campus visit and schedule an audition. Learn More

Current Member Resources 

UT Orchestra Handbook 
Dress Rehearsal/Concert Schedule 
Season Repertoire

UT Pre-All State String Clinic, Sept. 14, 2014 

Contact Omelchenko for more information.

UT Honor Orchestra, April 11-13, 2014 

Important Documents for high school directors and string participants:

Honor Orchestra Flyer
Honor Orchestra Description 
Honor Orchestra Letter to Directors
Nomination Form (to be completed by director) 
Registration Form (to be completed by Parent and Student)
Itinerary and List of What to Bring (for accepted students)    

Summer Camps at UT 

UT Summer Chamber Music Workshop for Middle and High School Students: The UT Chamber Music Workshop is an intensive music workshop for students of string instruments and piano, entering grades 7 to 12 in the fall. It is directed by the Trio de Minaret, an artist-in residence piano trio at The University of Tampa. Learn More  

UT Summer String Orchestra Camp for Middle and High School Students: The UT Orchestra Camp is a comprehensive music camp for all strings students (violin, viola, cello, bass) entering grades 7 to 12 in fall. The camp is sponsored by the Department of Music at The University of Tampa and led by UT Director of Orchestra Kira Omelchenko. Learn More