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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.


EMU Honor String Orchestra- Rescheduled for February 25, 2022

Join us on the campus of Eastern Michigan University for an amazing day of music making!!  We are excited to bring back the reimagined EMU Honor String Orchestra.  This one-day event will feature:

  • Rehearsals conducted by Dr. Chad Hutchinson
  • String masterclasses and sectionals with EMU Applied String Faculty
  • Honor Orchestra T-Shirt
  • On campus dining included 
  • Performance at 7:00pm in Pease Auditorium

The deadlines for the event are as follows:

Orchestra Director Nominations due by: Friday, December 10, 2021

Notification of Acceptances: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (via director email)

Accepted Student Registration deadline: December 22, 2021

Accepted Students- Registration and Payment

Accepted Student registration

Accepted Student payment


  • Girolamo Frescobaldi- Toccata, arr. Higgins
  • Benjamin Britten- Simple Symphony, mvt. III
  • William Grant Still- Dances of Panama, mvt. III
  • Astor Piazzolla- La Muerte Del Angel

Honor Orchestra Music


2022 EMU Honor String Orchestra Schedule- Friday, February 25   

8:30am- Check in- Covid Pass verification, seating
9:15am- Rehearsal in Pease Auditorium (breaks given throughout)
11:45am- Lunch at The Commons
1:00pm- Sectional/Masterclass time 
2:45pm- Rehearsal in Pease Auditorium (breaks given throughout)
5:00pm- Dinner at The Commons (after dinner students return to Pease, change into concert dress)
7:00pm- Concert in Pease Auditorium (free admission)

Health and Safety Protocols

Current EMU policies will be adhered to for the duration of the Honor Orchestra event. This includes face covering when indoors, physical distancing, and daily online health screening. 

Audiences at School of Music & Dance concerts must comply with all EMU health and safety requirements. Currently, all audience members must wear a mask throughout the event and distance themselves from others outside of their family/party. Also, all visitors to campus must complete the online daily health screening (COVID PASS) prior to entering EMU buildings (Please click the “visitor” box if you are not currently an EMU student, faculty, or staff member).


Honor String Orchestra Faculty

See below for the EMU Honor String Orchestra faculty.  We are very excited to see you on campus in January!!  Please contact [email protected] if you have further questions.  


Dr. Chad Hutchinson

Director of Orchestral Activities;

Assistant Professor of Music Education

Prof. Daniel Foster

Associate Professor of Violin and Viola
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Dr. 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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