Orchestras

Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Chapman, the symphony orchestra performs several major concerts each year including full symphony orchestra concerts.
A picture of the CMU Symphony Orchestra performing a concert
CMU ensembles are open to all university students by audition.

    Under the direction of Dr. Christopher Chapman, the symphony orchestra performs several major concerts each year including full symphony orchestra concerts featuring faculty artists as soloists a music theater or opera production, and a children's concert for Mid-Michigan area fourth-graders. The CMU Symphony Orchestra is the student-based orchestral ensemble serving the university community.


    Frequently the orchestra members are involved with masterclasses presented by guest artists visiting campus or soloists with the Midland Symphony Orchestra.

    The CMU Symphony Orchestra also sponsors an annual Concerto/Aria Competition for students of the CMU School of Music. Winners of the competition perform with the orchestra during their April concert.

    CMU offers undergraduate orchestral string fellowship awards, which include substantial tuition assistance, mentoring/performance opportunities with the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and master classes with internationally known visiting artists.

    Eligible students must be Michigan residents, have a minimum GPA of 3.5, and complete a required audition and interview. For more information, please contact Jamie Fiste at 989-774-1969.

    Midland Symphony Orchestra Award Regulations