Dr. Russell Guyver
Director of Orchestras

The University of Northern Colorado Orchestra program draws upon a rich and well-founded tradition of excellence, and has developed into a program that has received national and international recognition. The UNC Orchestra has been awarded “Best U.S. College Orchestra” in DownBeat magazine’s Annual Student Music Awards in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as "Best U.S. College Classical Ensemble" in 2010. The orchestra has also represented the U.S. in The International Cycle of University Orchestras in Zaragoza, Spain in 2003 and 2006.

Instrumental students are assigned to Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras according to their abilities and needs. The orchestras rehearse three times each week and present a full concert and opera series. UNC Orchestras have also appeared regularly at Colorado State Music Educators conventions.

Listen to UNC Symphony Orchestra performing Daphnis et Chloé, Fall 2012

Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

November 3 - 5, 2016

A major regional event held at UNC each fall sponsored by UNC String Faculty and Orchestras. High school string players from the western United States are invited to audition in order to participate. Successful applicants receive intensive orchestra training, attend master classes, and perform with renowned soloists and conductors over a three-day period.

Learn more about the Western States Honor Orchestra Festival

Symphony Orchestra 2015-2016 Season

Wednesday October 7, 2015 at 7:30pm - UCCC

Tuesday October 12, 2015 at 7:30pm - Run-out concert to Estes Park

Thursday November 5, 2015 at 7:30pm - Opening concert Western States Honor Orchestra Festival UCCC

Saturday November 7, 2015 at 4pm - Final concert Western States Honor Orchestra Festival UCCC

Monday February 1, 2016 at 7:30pm - UCCC

Monday March 7, 2016 at 7:30pm - UCCC

Monday March 28, 2016 String Showcase at 7:30pm - Foundation Hall

Saturday April 16 at 7:30pm, Sunday April 17, 2016 at 2pm - Opera: Purcell's The Fairy Queen UCCC