Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra

Sophisticated repertoire, student soloists and sold-out houses have given the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra (DSO) a growing regional reputation for excellence in performing and programming.

"When I joined the orchestra l realized it was a 'family' experience; it was great to feel like I belonged and was part of the DSO community. The orchestra has a very high standard of music performance and I find that satisfying." —Eleni Mora '18 

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra Fall 2023 Concert Excerpt


The resident orchestra of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, DSO's powerful performances have made it a major hit with area music lovers, who appreciate not having to travel to the city to enjoy a high-quality evening at the symphony. Conducted by Filippo Ciabatti, the DSO is dedicated to the performance of standard works from the symphonic repertoire, while also including a few works off the beaten path.

Join the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra
The DSO rehearses from 8-10 pm on Monday evenings and 7:30-9:30 pm on Thursday evenings. Questions about joining? Email the director, Filippo Ciabatti.

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The Temp

The Temp: an watch party and album release

Wed, Feb 17

Two Dartmouth student ensembles collaborate to present a major new work that joins jazz and classical music — and Shakespeare. Watch here> 

The Temp Pre-Show Talk
A conversation about collaboration across disciplines and genres, and about bringing improvisational practice to orchestral performance. Watch here>

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Elegie from Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings"

With in-person rehearsals and live performances on pause, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra virtually put together a movement from Tchaikovsky's celebrated "Serenade for Strings."

2019 Templeton Prize

Full-length coverage of the 2019 Templeton Prize ceremony honoring theoretical physicist and cosmologist Marcelo Gleiser on Wednesday, May 29, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in New York City. 

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"Nimrod" from Enigma Variations

The DSO started this project at the beginning of the pandemic to continue our shared bond as musicians and create music together even in isolation. Elgar’s “Nimrod” brings a unique sense of solace during a time of fear and uncertainty. This performance is dedicated to the hope for a future with greater justice and compassion.

DSO Prokofiev Watch Party update

Virtual Culley Concerto Competition

The Virtual Culley Concerto Competition is open to all currently enrolled Dartmouth College students who play a string, woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. Students do not need to be on campus or on term to participate. 

Grand Prize: $500
First Prize: $300
Second Prize: $100

Hop@Home: A Mahler Watch Party updates

A Mahler Watch Party

Missed the event?  Watch it here on Youtube. 

In the News

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DSO Travel Diary: Italian Tour

This past winterim as some Dartmouth students sat on couches, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra undertook a 10-day concert tour of Italy, along with Hop members at the “Bentley Fellow” level and above...

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