Dr. Russell Guyver, Director of Orchestras

The University of Northern Colorado Orchestra program draws upon a rich and well-founded tradition of excellence, and has developed into a program that has received national and international recognition.

University Symphony Orchestra

The UNC Orchestra has been awarded “Best U.S. College Orchestra” in DownBeat magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as "Best U.S. College Classical Ensemble" in 2010. The orchestra has also represented the U.S. in The International Cycle of University Orchestras in Zaragoza, Spain in 2003 and 2006.

Instrumental students are assigned to Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras according to their abilities and needs. The orchestras rehearse three times each week and present a full concert and opera series. UNC Orchestras have also appeared regularly at Colorado State Music Educators conventions.

Campus String Orchestra

You don't have to be a music major to join!

This string orchestra is open to anyone with at least a few years of experience playing a bowed string instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass). Our repertoire will change every semester, we will always play a variety of musical styles, and we will have at least one concert each semester.

Non-music majors are welcome! Music majors are also encouraged to join, especially on secondary instruments. No audition is required. Please bring your instrument (or plan to rent one from the School of Music) and join us on the first Tuesday of class to see if this is the right ensemble for you.

We look forward to playing great music with you!

Course: MUS 268/468/668
Time: Tuesdays, 5pm-6:15pm
Location: Frasier Hall Room 63

Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

November 2 - 4, 2017

A major regional event held at UNC each fall sponsored by UNC String Faculty and Orchestras. High school string players from the western United States are invited to audition in order to participate. Successful applicants receive intensive orchestra training, attend master classes, and perform with renowned soloists and conductors over a three-day period.

Learn more about the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival