College of Arts & Sciences

University String Symphony

The university string orchestra explores a wide array of repertoire ranging from the 18th century to the present and playing in this ensemble is the perfect opportunity to explore some beautiful and exciting music written specifically for strings. Under the guidance of Dr. Thornton, you will learn how to be a better chamber music player and further hone your ensemble skills. Regardless of whether you have played in an orchestra in the past or not, being a part of this community of string players will inspire you and enrich your overall Cal Lutheran experience. 

The orchestra presents several concerts on campus throughout the year, including the ever-popular Christmas concerts.

Although string players of all levels are welcome to join, everybody must audition prior to being a member of this ensemble. Students do not need to be a music major to join. For more information, please contact Dr. Breanna Thornton at 



Students of any major participating in a performance ensemble may be considered for a Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Scholarship—awarding up to $30,000—with an audition.

Apply for the VAPA Scholarship