The University Symphony Orchestra, directed by professor Petar Dundjerski, is the full University of Alberta student symphony orchestra. Participation is mandatory for string students. The USO performs a wide range of repertoire, from the classical period to modern composers. The Symphony Orchestra gives a variety of concerts in the University's Convocation Hall each year, and often participates in choral concerts and operatic presentations. The USO has performed to full houses in the Winspear Centre, one of North America's finest performance spaces.
The University Symphony Orchestra occasionally performs separately as the USO strings and the USO winds, brass and percussion.