The Orchestra conductor's goal is to provide a comprehensive and valuable training ground for orchestral musicians while producing high quality and exciting musical performances.

Founded in 1922 as a collaborative organization with the growing city of Sioux Falls, the Orchestra became the original South Dakota Symphony. For many years, the focus of Augustana’s orchestral program was within that model until the enrollment at the college grew as well. This growth led to a second opportunity for string players and the study of orchestral performance on campus.