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The Florida State University Orchestral Studies Program has enjoyed a long and illustrious history. The Florida State College Orchestra was formed in 1925 by violin professor Ethel Maud and in 1947, with the change from a college for women to a co-educational university, the College Orchestra became know as the University Symphony under the leadership of Robert Sedore. In 1949, Karl Kuersteiner formed the State Symphony of Florida, the predecessor of the FSU Chamber Orchestra. From 1967 until 1971 the Chamber Orcjestra was led by former Boston Symphony Orchestra associate conductor, Richard Burgin. In 1972 Phillip Spurgeon became Director of Orchestral Activities, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. Since that time, FSU's orchestral program saw dramatic growth artistically and in scope. In 2000, the University Philharmonia was created under the direction of Alexander Jiménez.

Guest artists who have appeared with the University Orchestras over the years have included many of the world's best known. Among them have been singers Lauritz Melchoir, Lawrence Tibbett, and Denyce Graves; composers and conductors Aaron Copland, Krystof Penderecki, Robert Shaw, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Pablo Casals; and instrumentalists Joshua Bell, André Watts, the Kalichstein-Robinson-Laredo Trio, Billy Taylor, and the Canadian Brass. In January of 1975, Professor Spurgeon led the University Symphony in a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as a part of its Schoenberg-Ives Celebration. In 1991 the Chamber Orchestra presented a concert at New York's Lincoln Center during the Mozart Bicentennial Celebration. Recently, the USO completed a recording project of concerti by Ellen Taafe Zwilich on the Koch label with the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, and in 2002 the University Philharmonia performed the world-premiere of Jeff Beal’s score to accompany the great silent film classic, The General, as part of FSU's Seven Days of Opening Nights Festival.

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