The UMW Philharmonic is a premiere college/community orchestra whose mission is to educate as well as to provide quality classical music to the community.  The group serves as the flagship classical ensemble for the university and the community.
Entrance into the group is by audition only.

Rehearsals take place at Pollard Hall room 127 on the UMW campus each Tuesday evening from 7-9:30 p.m.
There will be four concerts in the 2016-2017 season:
✔ October Masterworks- featuring great classics
✔ Christmas with Tony Bennett
✔ Celebrity Series with featured Celebrity Kristin Chenoweth
✔ Spring Concert: Appalachian Spring with Eric Ruske
Musicians are expected to attend all rehearsals (unless permission is secured) and to prepare parts to an advanced level. The performance level of the group is high, and expectations for mastering the parts are equally high.
From time to time, musicians in the group are asked to perform for community functions or events. Principal players in the orchestra participate in our annual Fiddlestix Instrument Petting Zoo for children.  Other players have performed for local business openings, university events, and holiday events around town.


Audition Information

Entrance into the orchestra is by audition only.  UMW students and community members (any non UMW student) are welcome to audition.   Auditions for UMW students occur the weekend before classes begin in August or by special appointment with Dr. Bartram.  Auditions for community members occur in early to mid-August or by special appointment with Dr. Bartram.  Since openings sometimes occur for the Spring Semester, auditions for UMW students and for community members may also take place at the beginning of the Spring semester in January.
Please be certain that your schedule will allow you to perform on all scheduled concerts and attend rehearsals prior to auditioning.  CLICK HERE for a season schedule.
Please complete the Audition Request Form on the Department of Music’s website, and return it by surface mail to the department. You will receive an assigned time by email or surface mail in early August.
The audition consists of:
✔ Two pieces of contrasting style, selected by you, which represent your performance abilities very well. We prefer a fast and a slow excerpt. Please bring two copies of your pieces with you.
✔ All major scales
✔ sightreading
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Bartram.