Orchestral Studies

Emory University Symphony Orchestra

The nationally recognized Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) presents an annual season of dynamic performances with major works from the established orchestral repertoire and new works of the 21st century. The EUSO also combines forces annually with Emory’s celebrated University Chorus to feature masterworks of the rich symphonic-choral tradition. In addition to collaborations with faculty and other distinguished guest artists, students have the opportunity to appear as soloists with the orchestra as winners of the annual Concerto and Aria Competition.

True to the spirit of the liberal arts environment, the large scale symphony orchestra draws its membership from not only the Department of Music but from all disciplines across the campus. Largely populated by music double majors, the orchestra warmly welcomes the participation of qualified non-majors and graduate students with appropriate backgrounds.

The EUSO is featured regularly on Atlanta’s National Public Radio affiliate with broadcast performances including Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Holst The Planets, Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and No. 10, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and No. 6, and Philip Glass Cello Concerto No. 2 with acclaimed cellist, Matt Haimovitz.

For information about the audition process and requirements, visit music.emory.edu/auditions.

The EUSO rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:30pm-7:30pm (Strings) and Thursdays from 7pm-9pm (Full Orchestra)

2018-2019 Season

Special Event: Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 p.m.

Emory Family Weekend Concert

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3, "Organ Symphony"

Posetti/Bolotin: Tangos for Orchestra & Soloists

featuring Schwartz Artists-in-Residence, Sonia Possetti (Piano) and Damián Bolotin (Violin)

Saturday, December 1st at 8:00 p.m.

Joint performance with Emory Wind Ensemble

This program will include the winner of the 2018 Concerto & Aria Competition

Thursday, March 7th at 8:00 p.m.

Dvorak: Symphony No. 8

Friday, April 26th at 8:00 p.m.

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Director of Orchestral Studies


Dr. Paul Bhasin serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at Emory University. In this capacity, he conducts the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, and teaches conducting. Praised for his “crisp, clear” conducting and “highly expressive” interpretations, Bhasin’s career began when he won the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition in 1998. He has led a variety of university, academic, and professional ensembles throughout North America and abroad including recent performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and throughout the People’s Republic of China. Bhasin’s most recent guest engagements include appearances with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (including live radio broadcasts of subscription concerts), American Youth Philharmonic, Williamsburg Symphony, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and at Interlochen Arts Academy. He has also led performances as a guest conductor with members of the Richmond Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. Ensembles under his direction have collaborated with soloists from the San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Richmond Symphony. He has led honor orchestras and bands (including at the All-State level) and served as a guest orchestral clinician throughout the United States, and presented at national conferences including the Midwest Orchestra Clinic and the National Music Teachers Association Conference.

An avid proponent of chamber music, Bhasin serves as Orchestra Conductor of the Atlanta Chamber Music Festival. He studied chamber music under the Bogomolny Award-winning American Brass Quintet (Aspen/Juilliard), the Naumberg Award-winning Empire Brass (Tanglewood), and has performed as a chamber musician on WFMT in Chicago, Detroit PBS-TV, at universities and festivals across the USA, and with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. His chamber music program development experience includes work with Chicago’s Music Integration Project, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Musicorps program, and residency development with both the Grammy-winning sextet eighth blackbird and Percussion Group Cincinnati. At Emory, with percussion faculty Scott Pollard and Mark Yancich, Bhasin founded the annual Emory Percussion Symposium whose chamber music programs feature artist faculty She-e Wu (Northwestern University), Jonathan Ovalle (University of Michigan), Joe Petrasek (Atlanta Symphony), and in 2019, Andres Forero (Broadway’s Hamilton). In 2016 with the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Bhasin initiated an annual chamber music component which has expanded to include string, wind, and percussion programming.

Bhasin is an accomplished orchestral trumpeter, having performed and recorded with the Virginia Symphony and Opera, Columbus (OH) Symphony, New World Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and at the music festivals of Aspen, Tanglewood, and Ravinia. With these institutions he has performed under the batons of Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, James DePriest, Leonard Slatkin, Andreas Delfs, and Gustav Meier and participated in the Aspen Conducting Academy orchestral program under David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. A committed trumpet teacher, his students have attended prestigious conservatories and music schools and have won first prize at major competitions including the National Trumpet Competition. He has been featured as a soloist on National Public Radio, Detroit PBS-TV, the International Computer Music Conference, at the Chautauqua Music Festival, and at the International Dvořák Festival (Prague, CZ). Bhasin has recorded as trumpeter and conductor for both the Centaur and Interscope record labels, and his 2015 Centaur Records release features the music of Brian Hulse and is performed by principal soloists from the Richmond and Virginia Symphonies. Two forthcoming conducting projects include a CD of concerti featuring Atlanta Symphony principal musicians (Centaur) with Emory musicians and a CD of brass/organ chamber works featuring performance faculty from Indiana University, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, Western Michigan University, and the ASO.

Bhasin’s transcriptions and arrangements are published by Balquhidder Music and have been performed and commissioned in the US and abroad by the St. Louis Opera Theater, Grand Tetons Festival Orchestra, La Unió Musical l’Horta de Sant Marcel·lí (Valencia, Spain) and the Washington Symphonic Brass (DC). In 2015, Bhasin composed and conducted the orchestral score to 9:23 Films’ motion picture, Hogtown (award winner at the Berlin, Los Angeles and Nashville International Black Film Festivals, and Cannes Festival Marché du Film). Michael Phillips of the Chicago Sun-Times writes that the film was “...scored beautifully by composer Paul Bhasin...better than the entirety of the last few features I’ve seen, period.” In 2016, reviewer Ben Kenigsberg of the New York Times named the film a “Critic’s Pick” and one of the “Top 10 Films of 2016.” Bhasin’s previous appointments include positions at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Triton College, and The College of William & Mary. He received his musical education from Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) presents dynamic and varied performances of repertoire embracing music from the Baroque to the twenty first-century, often combining forces with the Emory choirs to feature masterworks of the rich symphonic-choral tradition. EUSO students bring a variety of orchestral experiences to the ensemble, with many members having participated in the National Youth Orchestra, Interlochen, Brevard, Tanglewood Institute, and the Eastern Music Festival, in addition to prominent youth symphony programs from around the US and abroad. True to the spirit of the liberal arts environment, the 90-member orchestra draws its membership from not only the Department of Music but from all disciplines across the campus. Although largely populated by music majors, the orchestra warmly welcomes the participation of 20-25 qualified non-majors and graduate students with appropriate backgrounds.

Each season, the EUSO performs major works from the repertoire including Mahler's Symphony No. 1, Copland's Appalachian Spring, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Orff's Carmina Burana, and the Requiems of Brahms and Duruflé.

The home of the orchestra is the world-class Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Completed in 2003, the Schwartz Center houses the 800-seat Emerson Concert Hall, Tharp Rehearsal Hall, the Schwartz Center Box Office and Administrative Suite, multiple chamber music and practice rooms, teaching studios, classrooms and student lounges. The 2005-2006 Season celebrated the inauguration of the new $1.5M concert organ built by Daniel Jaeckel, the latest addition to the hall. Additional practice rooms, classrooms, offices and a 250-seat Performing Arts Studio can be found at the Music Department's Burlington Road building. The Schwartz Center incorporates a small black box theater and a dance studio. See: www.bestvalueschools.com/25-most-amazing-university-performing-arts-centers/.

Tuesdays: 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Thursdays: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

When scheduled, individual sectionals are held in the large chamber studios on the upper floor of the Schwartz Center. Members are to be seated and warmed up 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of rehearsal.

Sectionals are held in the large chamber studios on the upper floor of the Schwartz Center. All full rehearsals are held in Tharp Rehearsal Hall or Emerson Concert Hall.

Full and partial lesson scholarships are available to any students (majors and non-majors) who successfully audition into EUSO. 

Following auditions all undergraduates are required to be enrolled in MUS300, a performing arts credit for both majors and non-majors. Students cannot self-enroll; the Music Department enrolls students directly once the audition cycle has concluded. Graduate students may participate on a credit or non-credit basis with the same expectations as for the undergraduates.

General inquiries: paul.bhasin@emory.edu or music@emory.edu



2018-19 auditions will be held during the first week of class beginning on August 28th and concluding on August 31st. Our first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, September 4th in Tharp Rehearsal Hall, 5:30pm-7:30pm.

For ensemble placement auditions held at the start of the year for admitted Freshmen and returning students, these selections should not exceed more than six minutes combined. 

In both cases, a single piece with contrasting sections is also an acceptable option. Standard solo, orchestral and etude repertoire are all appropriate choices. In a live audition some instrument-appropriate major scales will be asked for (in whatever pattern you are used too) and a sight-reading excerpt will be provided. Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.

Please click here for Percussion-specific audition requirements.

Admitted Freshmen and returning Emory students may schedule a time for Fall placement auditions by following the link to the eAudition system. THE AUDITION LINK WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED UNTIL SUMMER 2019! Students – particularly incoming Freshmen – who may not yet know their class schedule should go ahead and schedule regardless and adjust their time if necessary. Please keep your schedule free of conflicts during rehearsal times!

If you have any problems with the system,  please email Martha Shockey in the Music Department at mshocke@emory.edu.


Prospective students often audition live during their senior year of high school; many also wait until they have arrived on campus in the Fall. In cases where a live audition is not possible, submission of a recording (often through a private YouTube or SoundCloud link, CD or other on-line or digital media) it is strongly encouraged and highly recommended. 

A live audition or submission of supplemental materials enables us to provide important feedback and contribute to the admissions process in the evaluation of candidates with Emory Admissions. Students can be preliminarily admitted to the music major or recommended for the ensemble and chamber music programs but only pending their acceptance to Emory through the regular college admissions process.

There is no set or prescribed repertoire for Emory instrumental auditions; we encourage students to prepare pieces that best demonstrate their current level of performance and potential, normally under the close guidance of their private teacher. Students should prepare two contrasting works of their own choosing: one lyrical in a moderate tempo and one technical in a faster tempo.

For live auditions during the admissions process (including scholarships auditions) and submitted supplemental materials, these selections should not exceed more than twenty minutes combined. Please visit our departmental auditions page for more detailed information.



A detailed schedule for all rehearsal sequences is distributed at the beginning of the year for enrolled students.

Regular rehearsal times are Tuesdays: 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Thursdays: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Performances begin at 8:00pm and take place in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emory University.

Past Seasons

Past season repertoire includes:

Arnold: English Dances
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Bizet: Carmen Suites 1 & 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Brahms: Tragic Overture
Bremer: Early Light
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Copland: Appalachian Spring
Copland: Suite from The Red Pony
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet &: Orchestra
Delius: Summer Night on the River
Dvorak: Concerto for Cello &: Orchestra in B Minor
Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 in G major
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (From the New World)
Elgar: Pomp &: Circumstance March No. 2
Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsody No. 1
Glinka: Overture to Russlan & Ludmilla
Grieg: Norwegian Dances
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor
Handel: Water Music
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G “Military”
Holst: “Jupiter” &: “Mars” from The Planets
Holst: St. Paul’s Suite
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mozart: “Alleluia” from Exsultate Jubilate
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
Mozart: Requiem
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Nicolai: Overture & vocal selections from The Merry Wives of Windsor
Prokofiev: Romeo &: Juliet Suite No. 2
Puccini: “Donde Lieta” from La Boheme
Rimsky-Korsakoff: Scheherezade
Saint-Saëns: “Bacchanale” from Samson &: Delilah
Shankar: Concerto for Sitar and Orchestra
Shostakovich: Suite from Hamlet
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
J. Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Sullivan: Selections from H.M.S. Pinafore
Tchaikovsky: Romeo &: Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Tchaikovsky: Suite from Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
Thomas: “Je Suis Titania” from Mignon
Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem
Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite
Vaughan Williams: Sea Songs
Verdi: Overture to Nabucco
Verdi: vocal selections from Otello
Walton: selections from Henry V
Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor
Williams: Liberty Fanfare

Members 2018-2019

Claire Mahon, Norcross, GA (Business) • ∞
Claudia Wahowski, Fayetteville, GA (Music/Biology) • ∑
Olivia Stam, Cumberland Foreside, ME (Music/Psychology)
Evangelia Diplas –  Chatham, NJ – Music/Psychology
Sarah Morrissey – Fairview, NC – Business ∑
Daniel Shin, Holmdel, NJ (Business)
Ria Brown, Houston TX (Biology)Ω
Jane Farrell, Worthington, OH (Undecided)
Helena Haas – Friendswood, TX – NBB/Music ∞
Kelsey Newman, Martinsville, VA (Music/Business) ∞
Lucy Mangalapalli, Chicago, IL (Sociology, Biology) ∞
Esther Ro, Sugar Hill, GA (Music/Psychology) •
Josh Pynn, Decatur, GA (Music/Economics) •

Sohil Shah, Edison, NJ (Music/Political Science)Ω
Allison Rose, Marietta, GA (Quantitative Sciences/Music) •∞
Caitlin MacDonald, Scotland, U.K. (Emory Bobby Jones Scholar)

Samuel Edwards, Palm Beach, FL (Music/Philosophy) ∞
Owain Thorogood, Havertown, PA (Business)
Danielle Staffin, Bridgewater, NJ (Business)
Jang Soo Lee – Bryan, TX – Chemistry/Music
Jacob Germany, Alpharetta, GA (Music/Chemistry)∞•
Andrew Mahoney, Atlanta, GA (Chemistry- PhD Candidate)

Max Inman, Cary, NC (Music/Chemistry)∞
Graham Crain, Maryville, TN (Undecided)Ω

Ethan Feldman, Minneapolis, MN (Political Science) ∑

Sean Delaney, Winchester, MA (Music/Business)∞

Christopher Prugh, Swarthmore, PA (Film Studies/Biology)Ω
Jason Goodman, Los Angeles, CA (Music/Political Science)
Zoe Zimmerman, Ooltewah, TN (Biology)∑
Dana Kahn, Evergreen Park, IL (Music/Political Science) ∑

Amanda Melton, Kennesaw, GA (Music) 18C•

Rachel Chon, Centreville, VA (Music/Business)
Leo Zhao

Claire Roesler, Western Springs, IL (Music/Chemistry)
Joel M. Felner MD Concertmaster Chair
Patricia Lin, Atlanta, GA (Music/Chemistry) •
Assistant Concertmaster
Hyerin Yoon, Great Neck, NY (Music/Chemistry)
Amy Zhang, Johns Creek, GA (Music/Human Health) •
Caroline Sikuta, Naples, FL (Music/Economics) ∞
Kathy Li, Lilburn, GA (Music/Biology) •
Judy Oh, Auburn, AL (Music/Biology)
Lesley Mun, Vernon Hills, IL (Music/Biology)
John Park, Brentwood, NY (Biology)
Meg Winata, Houston, TX (Music/Nursing) 14C
Matthew Huang, Shrewsbury, MA (Business)
Haley Snyder, Atlanta, GA
Jeffrey You, Atlanta, GA
Catherine MacGregor, Marietta, GA (Music) •
Edward Goodwin Scruggs Principal Second Chair
Trevor Chun, Alpharetta, GA (Music/Business) •Ω
Assistant Principal
Alec Reinhardt, Decatur, GA (Music/Applied Math) •
Ben Furman, Atlanta, GA (NBB)
David Chen, East Lyme, CT (Undecided)
Franck Daryl Nana Tangpi, Reminderville, OH (Music/Business)
Cameron White, Chicago, IL (Music)
Sizhe (Alex) Ren, Changsha, Hunan, China (Business/Computer Science)
Angela Cao, Edison, NJ (Music/Math)Ω
Carol Hou, Cherry Hill, NJ (Applied Math/ Quantitative Sciences)Ω
Gloria Jung, Centennial, CO (Undecided)
Ellie Coe, Roswell, GA (Russian Studies)
Jack Wang, New Orleans, LA (Undecided)
Emma DeJarnette, Snellville, GA (Quantitative Sciences) • ∞
Zola Berger-Schmitz, Venice, CA (Music/Political Science)
Assistant Principal
Ji Won Lee, Princeton, NJ (Music/Chemistry)
Duncan Tam, Hamden, CT (Music)
Wilson Hsu, Chesnut Hill, MA (Business)Ω
Minnie Yang, West Lafayette, IN (Music/History)
Alex Sabol, Bethesda, MD (Music/NBB)
Jabin Sohng, Las Vegas, NV (Music/Biology)
Julia Borthwick, Atlanta, GA (Psychology) •
Sobin (Sophie) Ahn, Seoul, Korea (Music)
Lucas Mock, Durham, NC (Undecided)
Chris Breuer, Aurora, IL (Undecided)

Anna Bing, Atlanta, GA (Music/Spanish Literature) •
Molly Ball, Virginia Beach, VA (Music/Philosophy)Ω
Assistant Principal
Eric Yang, Houston, TX (Music/Mathematics)
Sean Parker, Baton Rouge, LA (Music/Biology)
Sirian Yi, Suwanee, GA (Music/Psychology) •
Claire Lee, Suwanee, GA (Music/International Affairs)
Hwanwook Seong, Atlanta, GA (Undecided) •
Brian Le, Richardson Texas (Music/Business)
Haley Roesler, Western Springs, IL (Music/Quantitative Sciences)
Chris Fenger, Greensboro, NC (Music)
Jake Kanef, Lexington, MA (Political Science)
Amanda Ramirez, Atlanta, GA (Music/Biology)Ω

Dashiell Wakeman, Atlanta, GA (Mathematics) •
Hannah Perron, Princeton Junction, NJ (Undecided) ∞
Max Heeden, Atlanta, GA (Undecided) •
Zijian Tan, Suwanee, GA (Music/Biology)
Alex Petralia, Atlanta, GA
Bijean Ford, Durham, NC (Immunology PhD)
Kait McGann-Ludwin, Palm City, FL (Business) 17B

• Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra Alumni
∞ Music Woodruff Scholar
4 Dean’s Music Scholar
+ Emory Scholar
H Edward Goodwin Scruggs Lesson Scholarship holder