The Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra is committed to a diverse student body in its orchestra program.  We believe that lives and music are enriched by the mix of cultures that we nurture in our orchestra program.  The Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra regularly has students from more than 10 different countries among its musicians.


As a Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra member you have the opportunity to:

  • Perform in an orchestra with the highest performance standards and a commitment to diversity

  • Perform with extraordinary guest artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Placido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Francois Rabath, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, John Browning, Debra Voigt, and Jean Pierre Rampal

  • Perform with regional professional orchestras

  • Perform with outstanding guest conductors from across the globe

  • Study with outstanding artist/faculty on every instrument

Scholarships and Assistantships Available!!

  • Scholarships up to full tuition available for all orchestra students based on auditionA $10,624 value! (Additional awards for housing and meals available for eligible students)
  • Graduate Assistantships with stipends available for graduate students.  Assistantships cover full tuition plus a $7,200 stipend! A $17,824 value!
  • English Language Institute full tuition and fees scholarships for every ELI student.  An $11,000 value! (Additional awards for housing and meals available for eligible students)


International students may enter Southern Miss either directly as a student in any of our music degree programs, or they may enter the English Language Institute (ELI) on our campus, then enter the university upon completing the ELI program and obtaining the required TOEFL or IELTS score.  Students must also be accepted into a degree program through an audition for the appropriate faculty.

To begin your application process please contact: 

Daniela Pardo, International Recruitment Coordinator:, (414) 737-4620


Florencia Antonella Cozza, International Student Liaison: