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Millennium Symphony Orchestra


Millennium Symphony Orchestra for High School Instrumentalists & Conductors


The Millennium Symphony Orchestra trains the next generation of orchestra musicians. Our students experience life at a top-level music school, take their playing to the next level, and hone audition skills through individual instruction, ensemble performance, and master classes.


  • Perform masterworks in the Millenium Symphony Orchestra (MSO) under the direction of resident conductor Maestro Daniel Nesta Curtis.

  • Study in weekly lessons with MSO faculty.

  • Attend “Mastering the Art of the Audition,” a weekly seminar focused on preparing audition material and honing audition skills.

  • Perform chamber music with other talented instrumentalists, coached by internationally acclaimed collaborative pianist and chamber music expert Prof. Luz Manriquez.

  • Prepare for college life at music school with the complete course offerings of the CMU Music Pre-College including music theory, solfѐge, and Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Gain a competitive edge for auditions.

  • Observe rehearsals and attend performances by world-renowned Pittsburgh based ensembles.

Recent and Upcoming Millennium Symphony Orchestra Repertoire

John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1 & No. 2
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Debussy (Arr. Caplet): Children's Corner Suite
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9
Mark Fromm: Frick Gates
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart: Magic Flute Overture
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture
Schubert: Symphony No. 5, I. Allegro
Schubert: Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished"
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, IV. 


We accept a limited number of Conducting Scholars, who study closely with Maestro Curtis and receive podium time with the ensembles.


Scholarships of up to $2000 are available to members of accepted fully-formed chamber groups.


The MSO is hosted as a part of the CMU Music Pre-College experience. Click here for application instructions.