The Sam Houston State University Symphony Orchestra has a long and distinguished tradition of orchestral performance in East Texas and around the world. The 75-member ensemble performs four to six concerts each season in Huntsville and tours internationally on a regular basis. Recent tours have included Hungary and the Czech Republic (2005), the People's Republic of China (2007) and Puerto Rico. The orchestra frequently performs with distinguished guest soloists, guest conductors and choral ensembles, and their repertoire includes a broad spectrum of symphonic literature, including contemporary music and opera.
Recent performances have included a concert with Beethoven's Wig, Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Respighi's Pines of Rome, Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," Brahms's Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Revuletas'Sensemayá and Gershwin's An American in Paris. Upcoming performances for the orchestra include the opening gala for the new Performing Arts Center at Sam Houston State University in October 2010 and serving as the featured ensemble at the Sam Houston State University Contemporary Music Festival in March 2011.