Symphony Orchestra

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

News

Important change: The Concerto Competition will begin at 12:50pm this saturday in the McCulloch Auditorium of Pratt. 

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.