Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is the primary performance ensemble available to string players at Morris. Under the direction of Simon Tillier, the orchestra rehearses once a week and performs throughout the academic year in concerts on campus, in the community, and on tour. The ensemble performs a diverse repertoire for both strings only and full orchestra, and frequently collaborates with faculty soloists, other campus ensembles and visiting artists.

Students in the Chamber Orchestra may play a role in the running of the ensemble by becoming an Orchestra Officer. These responsibilities include publicity, fundraising, social events, and logistics. There is also a librarian position.

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Orchestra Officers

Auditions & Instruments


Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 2–5 p.m., in HFA 180

The UMN Morris Chamber Orchestra is open to all students, regardless of their majors. The ensemble is made up of students of various majors, levels, and musical experiences, so all students are encouraged to audition.
The ensemble meets Monday and Wednesday, 6:30–7:30 p.m. In addition, students are expected to attend sectionals as required.

An informal audition is required for admittance to the Chamber Orchestra. 

Interested students should register for MUS 1370 Chamber Orchestra prior to the audition date, but admittance is only finalized once they pass an audition. 

Existing students who have performed in the ensemble in previous years are not required to audition.

Audition Requirements
  1. Scale of your choice.
  2. 2–4-minute solo piece that represents your highest level of playing.

Use of School Instruments

The Music Discipline maintains a selection of instruments for use by students. Students who need an instrument for auditions should contact Professor Simon Tillier as soon as possible after having arrived on campus. An instrument will be provided for the audition and then permanently checked-out to those students who participate in an ensemble.

Instrument Storage

Students can store their instruments in the HFA Music Discipline area, either by using one of the student lockers provided (students should provide their own lock) or, for larger instruments, in the dedicated String Instrument Room. For more information contact Professor Simon Tillier.