Music Department


Symphony Orchestra

Adam Kerry Boyles, Music Director

Founded in 1884, this full-size orchestra is comprised primarily of MIT and Wellesley College students. MITSO performs four concerts each year and may be taken for credit (21M421). Membership is by audition. From J.S. Bach to John Harbison, concert programs feature a broad range of challenging repertoire spanning works of the early Baroque era to contemporary compositions, including music for film and theater. Student and professional soloists are periodically featured as are MIT student and faculty compositions. The Orchestra holds an annual Concerto Competition in February.

The central mission of the MIT Symphony Orchestra is the cultural enhancement of education at MIT by presenting music performances at the highest level of artistic excellence by nurturing new works and young artists, and by developing and sustaining the widest possible audience.


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-10pm in Kresge Auditorium.


Musicians in the MIT Symphony Orchestra range from freshman to post-docs, and come from a variety of fields including: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Mathematics, Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Management, Architecture, Materials Science & Engineering, and Music. In addition to MIT and Wellesley College students, MITSO participants have included students from Tufts University, Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory and Olin College.


The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds semi annual auditions. All local students, MIT community members, and local musicians are welcome to audition, however, priority is given to MIT students.

Audition Requirements

One work of your choice, not to exceed 4 minutes in length. Any solo concerto/etude/etc, but no orchestral excerpts. Scales (Major, Natural/Harmonic/Melodic Minor, Chromatic) and sight-reading. Returning members should visit MITSO's Stellar site for additional audition requirements.


MIT Symphony Orchestra, Adam K. Boyles, Director
Joaquin Turina, Fiesta en San Juan de Aznalfarache from Sinfonia Sevillana


MIT Symphony Orchestra


Visit the Symphony Orchestra website.


In MITSO, I play with fellow students who are also gifted in other areas ranging from astrophysics and computer science to various varsity sports to unique fields of research and interests. I love that what brings us all together is music.”

Bina Choi ’11