The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra comprised of USM students and talented members of the community who audition for membership.
The orchestra performs challenging, professional level repertoire from all periods. Recently performed pieces include: Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mahler's Third Symphony, Mozart's Requiem, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, Strauss Duet Concertino with choreography from the Portland Ballet, and fully staged opera productions.
The orchestra sponsors a biennial concerto competition and frequently collaborates with choirs on large scale choral works. In addition, professional soloists of the highest caliber are often engaged to perform with the orchestra.