Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony

Pursue Your Passion for Music!
The 50-member Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (AUCS) performs three full orchestra concerts per season, plus a fall musical and other concerts. The AUCS provides an exciting and rewarding experience to Northern students and community musicians who are interested in performing great orchestral music.




Membership in the AUCS is through auditions at the beginning of each season. For Northern students, under the new credit guidelines, up to 3 semesters of ensemble credit (MUEN110-310) can be counted toward the Arts & Humanities 6-credit requirement for graduation.



The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony (AUCS) has been a focal point of musical life in Aberdeen for more than a century. It was founded as the Normal Orchestra before 1910 under J.J. Cason, and became a college/community orchestra in 1920 under Howard Elson Goodsell.


View the AUCS repertoire.



The nonprofit Friends of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony supports the orchestra and strengthens it as a community resource. The orchestra receives an Importation of Musicians Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council.



For information about tickets for orchestra concerts, contact the NSU Fine Arts Office at 605-626-2497.