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School of Music & Dance

101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
[email protected]

School of Music & Dance

101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
[email protected]

A close-up view of a bow on the strings of a cello.


Virtual Clinics for High School Orchestras

The Eastern Michigan University Symphony Orchestra and String Faculty

are proud to offer free virtual clinics or presentations for your classes on a variety of topics:

  • String masterclasses or sectionals
  • Practicing and practice methods
  • University life as a music major or non-major 
  • Music as a career
  • Confident performance
  • Building leadership from within the ensemble
  • Choose your own topic

Contact any of the faculty below to schedule your free virtual session today!! If the topics are not exactly what you are looking for, we can tailor a session to your needs. We look forward to hearing from you and collaborating.

Dr. Chad Hutchinson

Director of Orchestral Activities;

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Prof. Deborah Pae

Associate Professor of Cello
[email protected]

Prof. Daniel Foster

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola
[email protected]

Prof. Derek Weller

Lecturer of Double Bass
[email protected]

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Chad Hutchinson, Director of Orchestral Activities

The Symphony Orchestra is an organization of approximately 70+ string, woodwind, brass and percussion music majors, minors and non-music majors, which performs a wide variety of repertoire.

The Symphony Orchestra performs on average six concerts per year, including the popular Halloween Concert in October, a fully-staged ballet in December and for the EMU Orchestra Festival in the Winter semester.  Symphony Orchestra is offered during both the fall and winter semesters.


  • Full Orchestra: Tues. and Thurs. 1–2:50 p.m., 106 Alexander Music Building
  • String Orchestra: Wed. 1–2:50 p.m., 106 Alexander Music Building


Audition Procedure

Are you interested in the EMU Symphony Orchestra? We encourage students from all parts of campus life to be a part of the ensemble. Auditions occur each semester for admittance into the ensemble with auditionees playing for the orchestra director and the applied faculty. Interested students should contact  Dr. Hutchinson at [email protected].


All string students auditioning for Symphony Orchestra are to prepare a solo piece or etude of their choosing, 2-3 minutes in duration, to be performed during the audition as well as a small number of excerpts for their instrument. Excerpts will be specified and provided in late July with the auditions taking place in late August prior to the start of the academic year. The audition excerpts for Fall 2021 are now available.  

Winds and Percussion

Woodwind, brass and percussion students choosing to audition for Symphony Orchestra may elect to be considered during their audition for Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band at the beginning of the fall semester. Please go to the Band audition page for information and downloadable PDFs of required excerpts, and to register for an audition.  


Questions? Contact Dr. Hutchinson at [email protected]

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