The Harding University-Community Orchestra utilizes university musicians, local professionals, and advanced string students from the Searcy Community School of Music who play violin, viola, cello or double bass. Wind and percussion chairs are reserved for university music majors only. The orchestra meets each Monday night for an extended rehearsal, in order to accommodate the schedules of its diverse membership.
In addition to performing regular concerts on campus, members of the orchestra serve as the core players for the homecoming musical orchestra each fall. Highly talented orchestra members may audition for positions in the University String Quartet. Some advanced student performers audition for vacancies in regional orchestras, where they gain experience in a professional context.
Repertoire includes music for string orchestra and full orchestra genres. The orchestra also frequently hosts student and professional guest artists in the performance of solo sonatas, other solo literature, and concertos.
Students wishing to participate may contact the music department office to arrange for an audition time during the spring semester or the first week of fall classes.