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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.

Welcome to Professor Morihiko Nakahara, our new Director of Orchestral Activities. Please don't hesitate to contact him with any questions about the UMass Orchestras: mnakahara@umass.edu.

Auditions for the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra & All-University Orchestra are held during the first week of classes.
Schedule for Wind/Brass/Percussion ensemble auditionsWind/Brass/Percussion audition excerpts

STRING Players:

1. STRING AUDITIONS for Fall 2017
All string students (music majors) audition for Symphony Orchestra section placement; non-music majors may audition for All-University Orchestra or the Symphony Orchestra.

1.1. AUDITION FORM (Student info form)
All String players please fill out: http://goo.gl/forms/3sVEW87aJ585G2sF2

1.2 ONLINE AUDITION SIGN-UP SHEET
Please sign up for an audition spot: http://goo.gl/CRcBSQ
Violas/Cellos/Basses, please click on the appropriate tab at the bottom of the form to see your times!
Violins in FAC 283 (Chang): Wed 9/6, 2:30-6:30 for Symphony Orch, Fri. 9/8, 2:30-4:30 for All-Univ Orch
Violas in FAC 251 (Lockwood): Tues 9/5, 4:30-6:30
Cellos/Basses in FAC 259 (Arron): Tues 9/5, 9-1

If you are unable to make any of the audition times, please email Prof. Nakahara at mnakahara@umass.edu to set up a make-up time.

1.3 PIECES TO PREPARE  (Links coming later today, 8/25)
All String players need to audition in order to place into an ensemble. Please see the Audition Info file for your instrument for details about what to prepare.

Violin: Audition Info
Concertmaster excerpts: Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio espagnol
Section excerpts: Brahms Sym. No. 2   Tchaikovsky Sym. No. 4

Viola: Audition Info
Brahms 2   Tchaik 4

Cello: Audition Info
Brahms 2: Mvt II  Mvt IV   Tchaik 4

Bass: Audition Info
Brahms 2   Tchaik 4

2. AUDITION RESULTS, SEATINGS AND ROTATIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS

All results posted (hopefully) by Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.

3. UMASO First Rehearsal, Monday Sept. 11, 2:30-4:10pm
All Univ. Orch First Rehearsal, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5:30-7pm

Rehearsals are at 2:30-4:10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Symphony Orchestra, and Wednesdays 5:30-7pm for All-University Orchestra.

4. REPERTOIRE FOR THE SEASON

Symphony Orchestra: Please see the 2017-18 Concert Date & Repertoire List

All-University Orchestra: Dates and repertoire to be announced soon

 

5. FIRST YEARS AND OTHER NEW STUDENTS

As always, if you know anyone who's interested in our orchestras, please feel free to share this information with them. Also feel free to direct them to Prof. Nakahara at mnakahara@umass.edu

 

General ensemble descriptions:

UMASS AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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 Schedule, 2017-18 Season.  Fall 2017 concerts are on Oct. 25 & Dec. 11 at 7:30pm in the FAC Concert Hall.


ALL-UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA
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.

 


OPUS ONE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
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 2017 concert on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 7:30pm in Bezanson Hall