Brigham Young University’s Chamber Orchestra plays the great classical works for small orchestra as well as lighter compositions. The quality of its players and the diversity of its repertoire has earned it the highest recommendation rating from the National Endowment of the Arts.
This orchestra is made up of the finest musicians in the Philharmonic, chosen through audition, to comprise this elite ensemble in its special mission. The orchestra represents BYU and the School of Music through international and national tours every other year. Comprising approximately 47 musicians, the orchestra has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and China, and is one of the most widely-traveled university orchestras in the nation.
Last spring the orchestra embarked on a month-long tour through nine countries in Europe, beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ending in Athens, Greece. Recent tours included the Great Lakes and Midwest U.S. in 2002, and Russia in 2000, performing in five cities—Saratov, Rostov, Samara, Volgograd, and Moscow, for more than 3,000 people. In 1998 the orchestra was invited to perform for audiences in eastern Europe, including the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Ukraine, and several cities in Poland.
Kory Katseanes is the Director of Orchestras in the School of Music, and conducts the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras.
- Chamber musicians follow a demanding schedule which includes the preparation of their campus concerts during the academic year (September to April) on the university campus, in addition to regional and international tours.
• In the spring of 2011, the orchestra visited China, performing in the annual Meet in Beijing Arts Festival. They combined with the Beijing Dance Academy, as well as with orchestras from four universities in China for concerts and workshops.
• The orchestra traveled to the Pacific Northwest in May 2009, giving 5 concerts in Idaho and Oregon.
• The group was presented in the famous Carnegie Hall, as well as in many other performance locations throughout the historic eastern United States cities in a tour in May 2008.
• In May 2006, the Chamber Orchestra took their repertoire to England, Wales, and Scotland.
• In February 2002 the Chamber Orchestra, as part of the BYU Philharmonic Orchestra, recorded music for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games, and also performed two concerts at that time.