HU OrchestraThe 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.

HU String QuartetRepertoire 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 at or 501-279-4575 for more information.  To set up an audition follow this link.




Recent Orchestra Repertoire

April 19, 2022
Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 and More
Eric Colgrove, conductor

String Quartet:
Toccata from Il primo libro d'intavolatura - Michelangelo Galilei/Arr. Jay Walls
Minuet and Trio from String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5 - Luigi Boccherini

Symphony Orchestra:
Prayer of Ukraine - Mykola Lysenko/Arr. Ben Roundtree
Lord of the Dance - Ronan Hardiman/Arr. Larry Moore
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream - Felix Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No. 1; in G Minor, Op. 25 - Felix Mendelssohn
     I. Molto Allegro con fuoco
     II. Andante
     III. Presto

February 22, 2022
Going On An Adventure
Eric Colgrove, conductor

An American in Paris Suite - George Gershwin/Arr. John Whitney
Music from APOLLO 13 - James Hornder/Arr. John Moss
The Spirit of Adventure - Michael Giacchino/Arr. Robert Longfield
Symphonic Suite From The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings - Howard Shore/Arr. John Whitney
Magnificient Seven - Elmer Bernstein/Arr. Roy Phillippe

December 6, 2021
Christmas Concert with Harding Chorus
Eric Colgrove & Dr. Kelly Neill, conductors

Sing We Noel - Pavel Chesnovkov/Arr. Charles C. Hirt
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella - Arr. Alice Parker & Robert Shaw
O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam/Arr. Rene Clausen
Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King - Moses Hogan

Excerpts from The Nutcracker Ballet - Peter Ilyich Tchikovsky/Arr. Merle J. Isaac
     March of the Nutcracker
     Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
     Waltz of the Flowers

Orchestra & Chorus:
A Feast of Carols - Arr. Randol Alan Bass

October 25, 2021
Eric Colgrove, conductor

Quartet V - Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
     II. Fuga. Vivace
Idyla (Idyll), Suite for String Orchestra - Leos Janacek
     I. Andante
     II. Allegro
     III. Moderato
     IV.  Allegro
     V. Adagio
     VI. Scherzo
El Relicario - Jose Padilla/Arr Robert Longfield

April 22, 2021
Latin-American Inspirations
Eric Colgrove, conductor

Danzas de Panama - William Grant Still
     I. Tamborito
     II. Mejorana y Socavon
     III. Punto
     IV. Cumbia y Congo
West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein/Arr. John Moss
Mambo - Leonard Bernstein/Arr. Robert Longfield

March 2, 2020
To Dream
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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Music Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences


Fax: 501-279-4086

Mailing address:
Harding University
Music Department
HU 10767
Searcy, AR 72149-5615