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Orchestral Program

The University of Mount Union offers many opportunities for students who love orchestral music. String students perform with both large and small ensembles including the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, the Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra, and a variety of chamber ensembles. Winds, brass and percussion players can also audition to be a part of the orchestral ensembles. Mount Union students are encouraged to participate in orchestra ensembles even if they are not a music major or minor. Mount Union offers generous scholarships for music majors and non-music music majors alike; students don’t need to major in music to receive one of our many music scholarships.

The best way to experience the orchestral program at Mount Union is to schedule a visit to our lovely campus, bring your instrument, and sit in on a class, a lesson or a rehearsal. The orchestra rehearses Thursday evenings from 7-9:15 p.m. Please contact me if you are an orchestral player interested in a campus visit. If you have any questions about the Department of Performing Arts or the orchestral program at Mount Union, I would love to hear from you!

I look forward to hearing you play!

Dr. Elaine Anderson
Professor, Music


The Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra

The Repertory Strings Chamber Orchestra performs works for small orchestra written throughout the historical timeline. The ensemble often features student soloists. Recent performances have included orchestral suites and concerti by J.S. Bach, chamber orchestra works by G.F. Handel, and works from the romantic period such as Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals and works by Respighi and Grieg as well as contemporary works. 


The Alliance Symphony Orchestra

The Alliance Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble made up of university students and faculty as well as experienced community members. Under the direction of Eric Benjamin since 2010, the orchestra has performed Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Ginastera’s Estancia Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as well as other, newly composed works. 

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