Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra (DSO)


The Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College. Comprised primarily of Dartmouth students, its powerful performances have made it a major hit with area music lovers, who appreciate not having to travel to the city to enjoy a quality evening at the symphony. Conducted by Anthony Princiotti, the DSO is dedicated to the performance of standard works from the symphonic repertoire (while also including a few works off the beaten path).

Upcoming Event - 2012 Spring Concert

When it premiered in 1957, West Side Story wowed in many ways---not the least of which was its ease with the musical idioms of its characters, from urban toughs to Puerto Rican immigrants. Bernstein's 10-movement Symphonic Dances (1961) recounts the show's great musical moments. Sharing the program is Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, composed in 1944 and full of that composer's visceral power and turbulent shifts of mood. For more information on tickets and pricing, please visit the Hopkins Center Box Office.


The program for the 2009-2010 season included Mahler Symphony No 2, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2, Beethoven Symphony No 5, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1, and Brahms Symphony No 3. For the 2010-2011 season, the orchestra performed works including Elgar Cello Concerto, Tchaikovksy Symphony No 5, Stravinksy Petrushka, and Brahms Symphony No 2.


The orchestra has traveled to Europe, giving concerts in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. The DSO performs in the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium during the fall, winter and spring terms. Sophisticated repertoire, student and professional soloists and sell-out audiences have given the DSO a growing regional reputation for excellence in performing and programming.


The regular rehearsal schedule for the DSO is Mondays and Thursdays from 7 to 9pm. The rehearsal schedule is expanded during concert week. The DSO usually performs one full program during each of the Fall, Winter and Spring Terms.


Anthony Princiotti, Music Director and Conductor of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, is also the Associate Conductor of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Music Director and Conductor of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra and, from 1993 to 1996, as Director of Instrumental Music and Conductor at Amherst College. As a guest conductor, Princiotti has appeared with the Vermont Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Sao Paolo State Symphony and the New England String Ensemble.

Princiotti began his musical training at the age of four, studying the violin with his father. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1980 from the Juilliard School, where he studied violin with Oscar Shumsky and viola with William Lincer. As a graduate student at Juilliard, he studied conducting with Sixten Ehrling and Alfred Wallenstein. In 1987, Princiotti was the recipient of a conducting fellowship at Tanglewood where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa. Princiotti received his Master of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music in 1991, and received his Doctorate in 1999. At Yale, his principal teachers were Eleazar de Carvalho and Günther Herbig. He was also a recipient of the Marshall Bartholomew Scholarship, the Charles Ives Scholarship, and the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize.

Between 1981 and 1987, Princiotti was first violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, a New Hampshire-based ensemble that specialized in the chamber music repertoire for piano and strings. As a member of Apple Hill, he performed 70-80 concerts annually throughout the United States and taught every summer at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. During this time, he also served as the music director and conductor of the Brandeis Symphony Orchestra. His other interests include running, hiking, tai-chi and motorcycles. Princiotti resides in Walpole, NH.

Student Managers

Amy Bray '13 and Damaris Altomerianos '13


Visit the DSO web site: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dso
Last updated on May 24 by Paul I. Finkelstein
contributors: Diana M. Pechter, Avery Yen