The 70-piece BJU Symphony Orchestra, the core ensemble of a three-tiered orchestral program, has a long and rich tradition of presenting masterworks from the orchestral repertoire in addition to mounting award-winning productions in collaboration with the BJU Opera Association.
Auditions are open to all students in the University regardless of major program of study. Each member has the opportunity to use music for the service of God and to reach individual technical and artistic potential within a program that pursues the highest level of musical excellence.
A typical yearly schedule consists of a fall masterworks concert in October, a family-oriented/educational concert in November, Christmas Vespers in collaboration with the University’s combined choirs, a weeklong out-of-state tour (biannually), an opera performance in March, and a spring gala concert featuring the winner of the annual aria/concerto competition.
Under the baton of Dr. Michael W. Moore, recent BJUSO performances have featured John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1, Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (“Italian”), Peter Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries.
Listen to the Orchestra
Excerpt of Allegro from Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 36 by Lowell Liebermann, Andrea Tang, piano
Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah during a combined choirs and orchestra performance