The Stanford Philharmonia (SP) is a select chamber orchestra comprising about 45-50 musicians: approximately 31 strings (ca. 8-8-6-5-4); pairs of woodwinds, horns, and trumpets; and timpani, percussion, harp, keyboard, and other instruments (such as trombone, tuba, or additional winds) as needed. SP offers its members the opportunity to play great repertoire from the Baroque to the present for small- to medium-size orchestra, frequently with outstanding student and faculty soloists, and renowned visiting artists.
SP rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Bing Studio, and performs at least once every quarter, either in Bing Concert Hall or other locations on and off the Stanford campus.
Membership in SP is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members, with preference given to Stanford University students. Any interested musician may audition for the Stanford Philharmonia, or Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO), or both. While first-year undergraduates are generally encouraged to participate in SSO, membership in SP (with or without concurrent membership in SSO) is permitted. Everyone who auditions will have the opportunity to discuss their orchestral preferences with Professor Phillips at the audition.