The University of Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra focuses on repertoire from the Classical period along with some works by Neo-classical composers. This includes mainly Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert along with Respghi, Ravel, and Stravinsky.
The University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1878 and is comprised of musicians from throughout the University community, primarily non-music majors. The ensemble rehearses for four hours each week and performs a diverse range of repertoire drawn from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth Centuries.
The Penn Symphony Orchestra and Penn Chamber Orchestra rehearse and perform in historic Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s Campus.
Hailed by Kurt Masur as "one of the most talented young conductors of his generation," THOMAS HONG enjoys the distinction of being one of the most successfully appointed conductors today. Having won titled positions with the Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Seattle Symphony Orchestras as well as Orchestre National de France, Hong has conducted countless concerts with those orchestras, ranging from classical, community, education and pops concerts. Presently, he is the Music Director of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra in Ohio and recently was also principal conductor for the inaugural season of the Dallas Symphony on the "GO" series with the DSO, traveling to numerous neighboring venues in the North Texas area. This past summer, he conducted the final concert for the 2014 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition with the Utah Symphony.