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

The 2012-13 season marks Brad Smith’s tenth year as Music Director of the Penn Symphony Orchestra and the Penn Wind Ensemble. Dr. Smith is also in his seventh season as Music Director of the Delaware County (PA) Youth Orchestra. Originally trained as a trumpeter, Smith holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and Stephen F. Austin State University. His primary teachers were Kevin Noe, Jerry Junkin and Kevin Sedatole.
Dr. Smith recently served as guest conductor on the faculty of the American Festival for the Arts and is active as a clinician and adjudicator in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. He has conducted a program featuring the music of Samuel Barber for the award-winning arts program “The Front Row” on Houston PBS affiliate KUHF. Smith has written on the topic of programming philosophies and has a strong interest in the promotion of living composers. Dr. Smith maintains professional memberships in the College Orchestra Directors Association, League of American Orchestras, College Music Society, and the Conductors Guild. He and his wife Becki have two daughters, Emily and Heather.

Rehearsal Schedule

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


Upcoming Performances

Schedule TBA. Please check back later.