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Freshman and others, please sign up to audition either at the activities fair on Monday the 11th or on the sheets posted in the music builiding throughout the week. Also, pianists are welcome.

Auditions for the 2000-2001 season will be held on the following dates and are open to all students currently enrolled in Harvard University:

  • Friday, September 15: Music Building Room G-19
  • Saturday, September 16: Holden Chapel
  • Sunday, September 17: Holden Chapel
  • Monday, September 18: Music Building Room G-19
Please prepare a short solo selection of your choice.
E-mail Sean Henry Ryan with any questions.


The Toscanini Chamber Orchestra (TCO) was founded in fall 1990 to promote a training ground for student conductors on campus. The mission of the orchestra quickly changed, and although the orchestra still encourages the study of conducting, its role as a performing orchestra on campus has become more important in recent years. We are now one of the four prominent orchestras at Harvard. The organization is entirely student run, the various administrative positions held by the conductors and by players in the group.

TCO offers a fun, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere for students who want to continue their musical pursuits at Harvard. We rehearse from 4-6 p.m. on Monday afternoons. TCO's smaller time commitment makes it ideal for time pressured students, while it maintains a high performance standard by holding only one concert at the end of each semester. Our recent works have included symphonies, overtures, and short orchestral works ranging from the classical era to the twentieth century.

TCO has previously held masterclasses with conductors and instrumentalists in the Boston area and beyond, and have included James Yannatos, David Wroe, Ben Zander, Gisèle Ben-Dor, and the Mendelssohn String Quartet.

TCO is committed to making the musical arts more accessible to the Harvard community and beyond by offering concerts free of charge whenever possible.

At a more social level, there are many activities planned for the orchestra this year, such as snacks during rehearsal breaks, outings to Boston and party gatherings.

Auditions are held during the second and third weeks of September each year. It's a very relaxed and informal process and will consist only of a prepared piece. We'd like to know you as much as you'd like to know about us.

Contrary to popular belief, TCO is named for Toscanini the conductor, and not for the ice cream parlor of the same name in Harvard Square.


As an orchestra that does not charge admission for its concerts, TCO relies wholly on grants and donations to continue its mission. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. Please mail any donations to:

Toscanini Chamber Orchestra
Music Building
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138


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tco@hcs.harvard.edu