The Baylor School of Music offers orchestral opportunities for all, from the aspiring professional in training to the amateur player not majoring in music but who desires to continue to participate throughout his/her college years.

Our flagship orchestra, the Baylor Symphony, is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire and to the professional and artistic growth of its’ members. Initiated in 1946, the Baylor Symphony has had only two permanent conductors, founding director Daniel Sternberg who passed the baton to Stephen Heyde in 1984. In a typical semester, 90-100 Baylor students, hailing from two-dozen or more states and several foreign countries, perform in the ensemble. The Baylor Symphony has an extensive performance schedule on and off campus, annually presenting four to six concerts of standard orchestral repertoire, a full opera production, and other events such as concerto accompaniments, new music readings and choral/orchestral collaborations. The orchestra also presents a series of children's concerts each year to an audience of over 6000 Waco area schoolchildren, an annual unbroken tradition since 1946.

The Baylor Symphony rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:15-12:35. For more information, please click on the Baylor Symphony link to the left.

The Baylor Campus Orchestra was started in 1994 to address the need for more orchestral opportunities at Baylor. Under the direction of Dr. Michael L. Alexander, the Campus Orchestra presents two or more concerts each semester and a variety of other activities. The Campus Orchestra presents both string orchestra and full orchestra repertoire, the latter in conjunction with members of the Baylor University Symphonic Band. In a typical semester, 80-90 Baylor students representing a multitude of majors and hailing from a number of states will participate.

The Campus Orchestra rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:50-2:10. For more information, please click on the Campus Orchestra link to the left.

Both orchestras are open by audition to all Baylor students. For more information, please contact Stephen_Heyde@Baylor.edu or Michael_L_Alexander@Baylor.edu

If you played in an orchestra in high school, keep the magic happening throughout your college experiences! Keep playing!