About Philharmonia


     UCLA Philharmonia is the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. It rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05 to 5:50 PM and performs two or three different programs each quarter, encompassing a full spectrum of symphonic and operatic repertoire. Please click here for a full listing of Philharmonia's programs since 2005. 

     Founded in 1936, Philharmonia's music directors have included Lukas Foss, Richard Dufallo, Mehli Mehta, Samuel Krachmalnick, Alexander Treger and Jon Robertson. 2017-18 marks the 13th season of Philharmonia's music director and conductor, Neal Stulberg.

     Philharmonia's programming focuses on both the core symphonic and operatic repertoire, and the best in contemporary and rarely-performed works. 

     Since 2005, Philharmonia has accompanied staged UCLA Opera productions of Verdi's Falstaff, Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica, Weill's Threepenny Opera, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, West Coast premieres of Francesco Cavalli's Giasone, Jonathon Dove's Flight, Mercadante’s The Two Figaros, Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites, Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges and Wolf-Ferrari's Il Segreto di Susanna and Massenet Cendrillon.

     2017-18 highlights include an October performance of the Richard Strauss Duett-Concertino, featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic principal clarinet Boris Allakyverdyan and principal bassoon Whitney Crockett, an all-American program in November featuring John Adams’ Grand Pianola Music and Copland Third Symphony, led by guest conductor Apo Hsu, the 13th annual All-Star concert (again in Royce Hall), Philharmonia's first international tour, to Mexico City in April 2018), Philharmonia’s second collaboration with the Hear Now festival featuring a program of works by Los Angeles-area composers, a performance at LACMA’s Bing Theater and a staged production of Virgil Thompson’s The Mother of Us All.

     UCLA Philharmonia may be taken for credit and is composed primarily of music majors; qualified non-majors may also audition for violin, string bass, and other positions as needed. General auditions for UCLA Phllharmonia are held at the beginning of Fall quarter. 

About Symphony


    Founded in 2002, UCLA Symphony is UCLA's campus-wide orchestra, drawing its membership from throughout the university community. It meets Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:45 PM, performs one concert per quarter, and is open to all UCLA undergraduates, graduate/professional school students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. For frequently asked questions about UCLA Symphony, please download this FAQ Document. Please click here for a full listing of Symphony's programs since 2005.

     Concerts are in Schoenberg Hall; Symphony is led by advanced MM and DMA conducting majors, supervised by the UCLA conducting faculty. UCLA Symphony may be taken for credit.