Penn Symphony Orchestra

The University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1878 and is comprised of musicians from throughout the University community, primarily non-music majors. The ensemble rehearses for four hours each week and performs a diverse range of repertoire drawn from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth Centuries. The Penn Symphony Orchestra rehearses and performs in historic Irvine Auditorium on Penn’s Campus.

Director’s Bio

Thomas Hong

Thomas holds conducting degrees from Rice University (M.Mus. in instrumental conducting), The Curtis Institute of Music (Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting), and Temple University (M.Mus. in choral conducting).

Thomas comes to us as an Associate Conductor and Professor of Music at the Rice University Shepherd School. He is also the Director of

the Mansfield, OH Symphony Orchestra, and was formerly the Associate Conductor of the Dallas and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, Assistant Conductor at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and guest conductor for many orchestras including the Seoul Philharmonic (Korea), the Winnipeg Symphony (Canada) and the Lutoslawski Philharmonic (Poland).  Thomas was also a visiting Assistant Professor of Music for three years at Haverford College. He currently resides in Philadelphia.


Rehearsal Schedule

Penn Symphony Orchestra: Mondays and Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm; Irvine Auditorium 

Upcoming Performances

October 26, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Irvine Auditorium