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Tempe Symphony Orchestra

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Tempe Symphony Orchestra is made up of volunteer performers, and is owned and operated by the
City of Tempe Arts & Culture Division. Performances at Tempe Center for the Arts are free, general admission events and require a ticket. Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Spring Concert
February 19 | 7:30 pm | Free
Tempe Center for the Arts

Bedřich Smetana
Die Moldau
Johannes Brahms
Symphony Nr. 1 in C Minor, Opus 68

Open Dress Rehearsal
February 18 | 4:00 pm 
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Season Finale
April 9 | 7:30 pm | Free

Tempe Center for the Arts

Schedule and program are subject to change.

Audition Information:
The Tempe Symphony Orchestra is a dedicated group of musicians who volunteer their time and efforts in order to perform challenging literature from both the standard repertoire and more contemporary sources. No members of the orchestra receive payment for playing in the group. Seating order is based, in part, on length of service in the orchestra, with final seating decisions at the discretion of the Music Director.

Please contact Douglas Akey for an audition appointment: douglasakey@gmail.com. Musicians wishing to audition must choose and supply their own audition music. Please select orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire lasting approximately three minutes, as well as a short solo or solo excerpt (no longer than two minutes). Your selections should demonstrate both your technical and musical skills to best advantage.

We are always pleased to listen to auditions on any instrument, as we keep a list of substitute musicians and a limited waiting list for membership.

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra rehearses from 7 - 9 pm, most Mondays, September-May in the Tempe Center for the Arts (Lakeside). There are four Monday evening concerts each season, with a dress rehearsal from 4-6 pm on the Sunday preceding each concert. Attendance is expected at all rehearsals, with few exceptions. 



Learn more about
Conductor, Doug Akey
Orchestra History




National Endowment for the ArtsArizona Commission on the Arts 

This project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.