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 certainly one of the most widely-traveled university orchestras in the nation. The BYU Chamber Orchestra has earned the “Highest Recommendation” rating by the National Endowment of the Arts.
This coming spring the orchestra will embark 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.