The Cornell Symphony Orchestra (= CSO) is one of the largest musical groups on the Cornell campus. The group's members are drawn from all circles of Cornell life, including undergraduate students, graduate students, Cornell faculty, and members of the Ithaca community. Under the direction of Chris Younghoon Kim, the Cornell Symphony Orchestra has continuously strived to present the best works of contemporary composers as well as compositions by established musical figures.
The Cornell Symphony Orchestra has been a part of the Cornell University tradition for nearly a century. The ensemble has included hundreds of musicians under a large roster of conductors and has given performances that span a significant part of Cornell's astounding history, including: George Lewis Coleman (1929-1942, Ronald Ingalls (1936-1942), John M. Kuypers (1943-1945), Karel Husa (1965-1972), Edward Murray (1975-1999), John Hsu (1986-2004), Mark Davis Scatterday (2000-2001), Xak Bjerken (2004), Chris Younghoon Kim (2004-2009), Scott Tucker (2008), Cynthia Johnston Turner (2008).