The ninety-member Philharmonic presents five to six full concerts per academic year. Off campus, the Philharmonic has performed throughout the northeastern United States, including concerts at New York City's Carnegie Hall, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and the MENC Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore. In March 2006, the orchestra participated by invitation in the Sixth International Orchestra Festival in Zaragoza, Spain. The Philharmonic’s repertoire from recent years has included works by Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mahler, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, and Wagner. Enrollment, open to all University Park students, is by audition at the beginning of each semester.
An ensemble of varying size as dictated by the repertoire, the Chamber Orchestra performs works from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries. The Chamber Orchestra has made three European Tours. Repertoire from recent years has included works by Mozart, Copland, Haydn, Stravinsky, Schubert, Wagner, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Debussy and Beethoven. Enrollment, open to all University Park students, is by audition at the beginning of each semester.
A full orchestra training ensemble, especially geared towards incoming freshman, non-majors, and upperclassmen who wish to improve their orchestral reading skills and repertoire. Conducted by graduate conducting assistants. Auditions are not required for string players but winds and percussion must audition at the beginning of each semester.