The Duke Symphony Orchestra, directed by Harry Davidson, numbers some 80-100 players and draws its membership almost entirely from the student body.
The Duke Symphony Orchestra, open to all members of the University community by audition, performs orchestral repertoire of the 18th through 20th centuries. Since the spring of 2004, the DSO has made memorable, annual trips to Beaufort, South Carolina, to play benefit concerts for the Duke-affiliated Keyserling Cancer Center, raising a combined total of over $250,000. The Pops Concert on the East Campus Quad is a beloved Labor Day Weekend tradition that is entirely planned and carried out by the student-run Orchestra Committee.
Each year the Symphony's programs are centered around an overall theme, which may be a specific composer and his influences, a musical genre such as opera, or a group of interrelated composers.