Department of Music


The Harding University Symphony 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 twice per week for extended rehearsals, accommodating university students as well as community members.

In addition to performing regular concerts on campus, members of the orchestra may serve as the core players for the homecoming musical orchestra each fall. Highly talented orchestra members may audition for positions in multiple University String Quartets. 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 must audition with a prepared solo or other suitable material.  Contact the orchestra director Eric Colgrove, or orchestra office:  501-279-4575 for specific information or to set up an audition time.

HU Orchestra   HU String Quartet



Holberg Suite-Praeludium by Edvard Grieg | HU String Orchestra performance date: 10-25-18

Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Movement 1

Haydn Symphony No. 6

Recent Orchestra Repertoire

March 2, 2020
To Dream
Mr. Eric Colgrove, conductor

Variations on a Shaker Melody - Aaron Copland

Dream Machine - Brian Balmages

Valse triste, Op. 44 - Jean Sibelius

Finlandia, Op. 26 - Jean Sibelius

November 18, 2019
The Dance Suite
Eric Colgrove, conductor

Danza Final from Estancia - Alberto Ginastera, arr. by Robert Longfield

Suite No. 1 in A minor (Selections) - Georg Philipp Telemann

Capriol Suite - Peter Warlock
1.  Basse-Dance
2.  Pavane
3.  Tordion
4.  Bransles
5.  Pieds-en-l'air
6.  Mattachins

Nocturne from String Quarte No. 2 - Alexander Borodin

Choreography - Norman Dello Joio
Three Dances for String Orchestra
   1.  Allegro scherzando
   2.  Adagio, molto sostenuto
   3.  Allegro animato

October 7, 2019
A Night of British Music
Eric Colgrove, conductor

Simple Symphony (Selections) - Benjamin Britten
I.  Boisterous Bourree
III. Sentimental Sarabond

Brook Green Suite - Gustav Holst

Rhosymedre - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Serenade for Strings, Op. 20 - Edward Elgar
Allegro piacevole

St. Paul's Suite (Selection) - Gustav Holst
IV. Finale (The Dargarson)

April 30, 2019
Dances and Dragons
Dr. Michael Chance, conductor

A Festival Prelude - Alfred Reed

Amadeus! (from Symphony No. 25) - W. A. Mozart, arr. John Hoffman

Tribute to Charles Strouse, Arr. Ted Ricketts
 - Applause, Rags, Once Upon a Time, Golden Boy, Tomorrow, Happy Face

Music from How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell, Arr. Sean O'Loughlin
 - The is Berk, Coming Back Around

Music from Somewhere in Time - John Barry, Arr. Calvin Custer

Symphonic Dances from "Fiddler on the Roof" - Jerry Bock, arr. Ira Hearshen
 - Tradition, Wedding Dance #1, Perchik and Hodel Dance, Chava Dance, To Life - Dance

Music from Apollo 13 - James Horner, arr. John Moss
 - Main Title, Apollo 13, End Credits, Re-Entry and Splashdown

March 5, 2019
A Classic Evening
Dr. Michael Chance, conductor

Emperor Quartet in C major Op. 76/3 - Joseph Haydn

Symphony in C major, No. 41 "Jupiter" - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Allegro Vivace
- Andante Cantabile
-Molto Allegro

October 25, 2018
In Olden Style
Dr. Michael Chance, conductor

Holbert Suite, op. 40 - Edvard Grieg
- Praeludium
- Sarabande
- Gavotte
- Air

Two Norwegian Airs, op. 63, Nos. 1 and 2 - Edvard Grieg
- Chanson populaire
- Kuhreigen und baurntanz

Sinfonia No. 10 in B Minor - Felix Mendelssohn

April 24, 2018
At the Movies
Dr. Michael Chance, conductor

The Sea Hawk - Suite for Orchestra - Korngold/arr. Brubaker
Highlights from Wicked -
 Stephen Schwarts/arr. Ricketts
Suite from Hamilton - Miranda/arr. Brubaker
Music from Frozen - Anderson-Lopez/arr. Krogstad
Music from Lord of the Dance - Hardiman/arr. Moore
Hymn to the Fallen (Saving Private Ryan) - John Williams
      -Visuals by Hannah Dodson
      -Synthesizer arrangement by Payden Taylor

February 27, 2018
Dr. Michael Chance, conductor

Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90
Allegro con brio
      -Poco Allegretto
Ungarische Tanze fur Orchester Number 5
Ungarische Tanze fur Orchester Number 6





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Mr. Eric Colgrove - bio to come!

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