Symphony Orchestra

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra is Mount Holyoke College's principal undergraduate classical music instrumental ensemble.


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Jan 19 2016 Orchestra Tour to Washington D.C.

The MHSO had our first-ever concert tour to Washington D.C., graciously sponsored by the MHC Alum Club of D.C.! We are very thankful to everyone who helped to make this a success and to everyone who attended our concert. 

Oct 31 2015 Monster's Ball

Thank you to everyone who came to Monster's Ball! We hope everyone had a scary good time on Halloween night dancing to waltzes and Phantom of the Opera. 

Sep 21 2015 Fall Retreat 2015 to Mike's Maze

Thank you to everyone for a successful and fun Fall Orchestra Retreat! Pictures are now up on our Facebook page

Sep 7 2015 Welcome Class of 2019 and Returning Students!

We are all excited to greet the incoming first-years and welcome back our returning orchestra members. Please see our auditions page for more information on how to sign up for an audition. Feel free to drop by our booth at the Org Fair, the Academic Fair, or come to our casual information session on Tuesday, September 8th from 7:15-8:30 pm (we will have cookies!). Remember that all returning members do need to reaudition. 

Aug 1 2015 Audition Information Updated

Please see this link to view this year's updated audition information:

Jul 22 2015 2015 - 2016 Concert Season Posted

Check out all the great music we've got lined up this year

Jun 1 2015 Hi-Lo Fide-Lio

Koh Jee Leong, from Singapore Poetry, speaks with our composer in residence in April about his piece Hi-Lo Fide-Lio, which was premiered by the MHSO on April 17th, 2015. See the article here:

Apr 17 2015 Simple Gifts: Beethovenian Hope and American Pioneers

Come enjoy our final concert of the season featuring the works of Beethoven, Helen Hopekirk, Hoh Chung Shih, and Copland. 

Apr 7 2015 Winners of the 4th Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Concerto Competition!

1st Prize Yiwen Li, Flute

2nd Prize Frieda Yeung, Violin

March 28 2015 4th MHSO Concerto Competition 

Students from Mount Holyoke will be performing in the competition accompanied by faculty members Larry Schipull and Gary Steigerwalt. The competition starts at 2 pm and is being held in McCulloch Auditorium. Anyone is welcome to attend!

March 22 2015 Interested in Becoming a Board Member?

Schedule an appointment with Tian if you would like to run for one of the board member positions. 

Oct 25 2014 Time to Start Dancing with the Monsters at our Monster's Ball

There will be a children's version at 3:00pm where community parents can enjoy this festive dance with their children.

At 8:00pm the same evening come join us as we perform again for the college community and dance along with your friends.  An event not to be missed.

Oct 18 2014 Come Hear Us at the Family and Friends Concert

Come hear the Mount Holyoke College Orchestra play for the Mount Holyoke Choral Department to welcome our friends and families for this fun weekend you just can't miss.

Oct 9 2014 Kids Monsters Monsters Ball and Monsters Ball Information Posted

Check out the special offers for group sales for the Kids Monsters Ball, and general information about Monsters Ball.

Sep 5 2014 Sound Clips Posted

Links to good videos or sound recordings of the music we are playing this term have just been added to the concert season page. These do not represent my interpretation of the pieces, but are instead good references for those of us seeking to get a more global view of the music. The only exception is Chopin's Grande valse brillante, for which I cannot find a recording of the version we are playing! Enjoy this great feast of music! 

Aug 31 2014 Welcome Back everyone!

For returning orchestra musicians, do remember to everyone needs to re-audition. Please check out the auditions page for more information and to sign up for a time slot. Feel free to use the "open audition" time slots, as most of you would have already played for the other faculty before. Open audition slots will only be heard by Tian.

Aug 29 2014 Welcome Class of 2018!

A very warm welcome to the Class of 2018! We are so excited to meet you here at the orchestra. Please check out our auditions page, come say hi to us at the Academic Fair on Sep 2, 9 - 11am in Chapin Auditorium (look for the Music Department) and at the Org Fair! We also have a casual information session on Sep 2, from 6.15 - 7.15pm in the Warbeke Room in Pratt Hall. Look out for friendly orchestra folks across campus come Sunday, we're more than happy to answer any questions you might have for us about what we do, who we are, the music we play/love/listen to etc 

Aug 22 2014 Fall Audition Sign Up Sheets Posted

Thanks to our amazing LITs coordinator Chrissa Godbout (also a cellist), we've fixed the problem with the missing Google online appointments function. Please use this simple sign up sheet to sign up for an audition time.

Aug 20 2014 Orchestra Information Session Time Changed

Please note that we have changed the Orchestra Information Session time to 6.15 - 7.15pm on Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014. This is to avoid  a clash with the Honor Code Signing Ceremony

July 25 2014

Updated the Rehearsal Schedule for Concert Season for 2014 - 2015 and the concert dates for the season. Main change: Apr 9 concert moved back to Apr 17. Orchestra Retreat now on Apr 21 2015.

Also excited to announce that our president, Lynn Pasquerella will be the narrator for Britten in February 2015!

July 19 2014

We've just posted the Rehearsal Schedule for Concert Season for 2014 - 2015.

July 17 2014

We've just posted the Concert Season for 2014 - 2015

June 24 2014

This website will be updated on July 1st to reflect the 2014/2015 Season. The update will include the updating of the audition excerpts for this year's auditions!

January 20 2014

Dark River Opera - Tickets are now up for sale 

For ticket purchase: Dark River Opera Brown Paper Tickets

Check out the Project on Women Arts

February 14 2014
Exciting news: Our soloist for the upcoming 21. February concert, Dashon Burton won the 2013 Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. Come join us this weekend for the 'Distant Roots, Local Voices' concert.

Audition Information for 2013-2014 now posted

July 20 2013

Please check out the new auditions page, it contains all the new excerpts and detailed instructions regarding your orchestra auditions for this Fall.

Change in Film Soundtrack Recording Date
January 26 2013

I wanted to let you know as soon as possible that we've just moved back the recording dates for the film score. It will now be recorded on Mar 26 + 28, again a Tuesday and Thursday. This will occur during normal rehearsal times, except that the Thursday session will be from 4.30 - 6.40pm.

Good news is that this gives us all a breather after the Feb 10 concert. And that we will end at our usual time of 6pm on Valentine's Feb 14. We will of course remind everyone closer to the date.

Welcome to back on campus for Spring 2013
January 23 2013

The orchestra just completed its first successful tour. With performances in Hartford, CT and South Hadley, MA. Now its full steam ahead as we prepare for our performance on Feb 10 2013 for our Midwinter Dreams performance in Chapin Auditorium at 3pm!

New Orchestra Mission Statement
January 17 2013

For the first time in our history, the orchestra now has a mission statement crafted by its current members. The new mission statement, listed below has now been posted onto the "About" page on this site.

"The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra is a fun, passionate, diverse, and welcoming community of musicians dedicated to performing a variety of musical genres through unique concert experiences in the community and beyond."

Course Information and Auditions Information posted
August 23 2012

The Course Information page for orchestra has just been posted here. You should be able to find all the information you need regarding the course, registration, expectations etc listed here. Auditions information for this year has also been posted, including excerpts for new players to look at. Also posted was the Concert Season for 2012 - 2013.

August 22 2012 Orchestra Page Migration Started

We've started migrating the old orchestra page to the new druple page. Please bear with us while different pages come live.

July 10 2012 MHSO Director Ng Tian Hui is a Fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival Discovery Series

Ng Tian Hui will be conducting the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and the Berwick Festival Chorus in performances featuring excerpts from Bach's St Matthew's Passion at this year's Festival.

May 20 2012 Congratulations to All our Graduating Seniors

April 24 2012 Orchestra Board for 2012 - 2013

At the Orchestra's Annual Dinner tonight, the outgoing Board led by Emma Loy-Sentelli '12 handed over the 'reins' of the orchestra to new president and concert mistress Gabby Snyder '13.

April 20 2012 Congratulations to the Winners of the First MHSO Concerto Competition

The MHSO is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural concerto competition here at Mount Holyoke. They are: soprano, Britney Harris ' 14, flautist, Ariel Hayat '15 and pianist, Phoebe Sun '13. These three winners will have the opportunity to solo with the orchestra in the coming concert season of 2012 - 2013.

February 20 2012 First MHSO Concerto Competition Announced

The MHSO has just launched the first edition of the Concerto Competition here at Mount Holyoke College. Sponsored by the Music Department, the event will feature up to three external judges, and students accompanied by faculty at the department. The winner(s) of the competition will have the opportunity to be a featured Solo Artist in the Orchestra's 2012-13 Season. Please click here for a copy of the rules and regulations, and an application form.

January 30 2012 MHSO Director to Conduct at Transient Glory Festival

Tian Hui Ng, MHC’s director of orchestral activities, has been selected as one of eight conductors nationwide to participate in the Transient Glory Symposiumpresented by the Carnegie Hall Choral Institute and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, scheduled for February 15-18 in New York City. At the symposium Ng will work with Joan Tower, a performer, conductor, educator, and composer, on "Can I," which she composed during her 70th birthday celebrations. Ng will conduct "Can I" twice in Transient Glory Symposium concerts on Friday, February 17, at the 92nd Street Y, and again on Saturday, February 18, at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.