Symphony & Chamber Orchestra

The Boston University School of Music orchestral program, which includes the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, plays a central role in the education of the School’s instrumentalists who aspire to professions as chamber musicians, orchestral musicians, teachers, or a combination of all three.

Professor Bramwell Tovey assumed the role of Director of Orchestral Activities at Boston University in Fall 2017. He oversees artistic and educational planning for the entire program and conducts the majority of the mainstage orchestral performances. Professor William Lumpkin, Director of the BU Opera Institute, typically works with the ensemble for one chamber opera and two mainstage opera productions each year. Along with faculty coaches and distinguished guest conductors, they lead the orchestras in more than twelve concerts each season, including two performances in Boston’s Symphony Hall. The Symphony Orchestra presents an annual Concerto Concert featuring student soloists. The orchestras also participate in special projects such as the readings and recordings of student compositions.

All-Campus Orchestra

Conductor: Mark Miller

The All-Campus Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra open by audition to the Boston University Community. The orchestra rehearses twice a week and performs two public concerts each semester. Participation in the ACO gives student and BU community musicians the tools, experience, and understanding to appreciate music for the rest of their lives, either as discerning listeners or as participants in the vibrant world of amateur music-making. Auditions for all orchestral instruments are held in the fall with auditions at mid-year for any open positions. All qualified string players are accepted, but the normal composition of an orchestra dictates limited positions for winds, brass, and percussion. For more information, please visit http://www.bu.edu/bands/bands-and-ensembles/concert-ensembles/