University Orchestra

NMU_Orchestra_Photo_-_for_website.jpgThe NMU Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Barbara Rhyneer, is a symphonic orchestra made of up strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Rehearsals are 4:00-5:50 Tuesdays and Thursdays during the academic year. This ensemble is open to music majors, music minors, and non-music majors wishing to perform with an orchestra. It is a requirement for string majors, and an enriching opportunity for any student seeking a break from their academic studies. The ensemble performs four times per school year in the beautiful Reynolds Recital Hall, and occasionally in the surrounding community.

Register for:
-MU116 for .5 credit 
-MU116A for 0 credit (students already at the 16 hour credit limit)

Audition Information

Open auditions are between 4:00-6:30pm the first Tuesday of each semester. A sign-up sheet for an audition time is available on the first floor of the Thomas Fine Arts building one week before classes begin. You may also contact the director (information below) to sign-up for an audition time. Requirements: 90 seconds of a prepared solo and a two-octave chromatic scale. Returning students: record your audition and post it to YouTube/Vimeo/Google Video and email the link to the conductor before the beginning of the semester.

Locker and Instrument Checkout

Lockers for instrument storage can be obtained by visiting the Department of Music office in TFA 102. String instruments (violin/viola/cello/bass) are also available for checkout through the director. For more information regarding the NMU Orchestra, contact Dr. Barbara Rhyneer at (906) 227-2309 or

See the Orchestra in Action!





“My favorite thing about playing in the NMU orchestra was the friendships that I made. Everyone in the ensemble was fun to be around…we had the chance to play interesting and challenging repertoire, and bring a wide range of music to the community. Playing in the NMU orchestra was the best part of my week, and a way to relax from a busy college schedule.”


-Allison Fron, Class of ’20, B. S. Environmental Science