College Orchestra


Scott Ordway, director

Bates College Orchestra was founded in the 1970s. Student members are given course credit to participate in weekly rehearsals and perform a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque period to present. The Orchestra recently performed works by Debussy and Ravel, Symphonies by Beethoven, German Requiem by Brahms, and a newly written “Saba Zamzam” by Bill Matthews.

Performing two concerts per year, the Bates College Orchestra draws members from the entire Bates community.

Fall 2013

Rehearsals: Mondays, 6:30–9:30 pm, Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

Fall Concert: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 7:30 pm, Olin Arts Center Concert Hall


BEETHOVEN: Overture to Coriolan, op. 62
WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll
ORDWAY: Symphony No. 3 (2013, world premiere)

All students are required to audition. Auditions will be held in Olin Arts Center, Room 254.
To sign up, please click here.Audition repertoire: Please prepare two short (2 minutes maximum), contrasting excerpts from either the orchestral or solo literature for your instrument. This could be a passage from a sonata, etude, or concerto, or a selection from orchestral repertoire that you have studied with your private teacher or performed with another orchestra. You may also be asked to sightread.

Students of all majors and backgrounds are eligible to audition
. While College Orchestra is normally taken for credit, the Director will also consider auditors (for students whose credit load would otherwise prevent them from registering).

Feel free to contact Director Scott Ordway at if you have any further questions regarding the College Orchestra.

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