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Orchestral Ensembles

Ensembles are open to all UMass Amherst students, subject to auditions held at the beginning of each semester. All ensembles appear in concert on campus several times a year. Ensembles have also been selected to represent UMass Amherst at conventions and festivals that have included Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA; the Washington, D.C. home of the Marine Band; and the Capitol Building in Boston.

Professor Morihiko Nakahara, is Director of Orchestral Activities. Please don't hesitate to contact him with any questions about the UMass Orchestras:

Wind/Brass/Percussion Audition Schedule
(first week of classes, Sept. 4-7, 2018).
W/B/P Excerpts available for download at bottom of Bands page.
String Audition excerpts, requirements, form to fill out, & signup sheet (violin, viola, cello, bass tabs at bottom) at this Google drive.
Click here for Audition information in Chinese and Korean.

Symphony Orchestra: 2018-19 Repertoire List (coming soon);  Rehearsal Schedule: MWF 2:30-4:10, Rm. 44
Fall 2018 Concerts: Friday, Nov. 2 and Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30pm in the FAC Concert Hall
All-University Orchestra: Rehearsals Wednesdays 5:30-7pm, Rm. 36.  Concert: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 7:30pm, Grace Church, Amherst

General ensemble descriptions:

Morihiko Nakahara, Director of Orchestral Activities

Consists of the most advanced instrumentalists at the University. Admission is through competitive audition in the Fall. The orchestra presents four annual concerts. Repertoire emphasizes canonic works for orchestra from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Students are required to practice in preparation for sectionals, rehearsals and performances. Members are annually featured at Multibands and occasionally at special events such as our recent Boston Symphony Hall performance for the University's 150th Anniversary celebration.
Concert Repertoire, 2018-19 Season (coming soon).  Fall 2018 concerts are on Nov. 2 and Dec. 10 at 7:30pm in the FAC Concert Hall. Rehearsals are M,W,F 2:30-4:10, Rm. 44.

Morihiko Nakahara, Director of Orchestral Activities

This ensemble, presenting two concerts annually, provides all University members an opportunity to perform in a non-competitive atmosphere, and achieve success according to one's individual goals.
Fall 2018 concert: Wed., Nov. 14, 7:30pm, Grace Church, Amherst. Rehearsals are Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm, Rm. 36.


Elizabeth Chang, faculty coordinator & coach

Opus One is the primary string chamber ensemble at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As there is no conductor, we demonstrate the potential of a collaborative approach to music making.

In addition to two main concerts every season of select chamber works for string ensembles, Opus One is actively involved in various community efforts in the greater Massachusetts area, including our annual String Day event for musicians of all ages in the Pioneer Valley.

Click to listen to and watch Opus One on YouTube.  Facebook page
Fall 2018 concert on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30pm in Bezanson Hall