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Symphony Orchestra

The JMU Symphony is the premier orchestra within the School of Music at James Madison University. Membership is open, through the audition process, to all JMU students who attend the University. String sections include music majors, music minors, as well as other/non-major students. Wind, Brass and Percussion sections are made up of some of the School of Music's top music majors. This select group of 70-80 musicians presents approximately seven to ten performances during each academic year. Music programmed is challenging, and covers a broad range of time periods and nationalistic styles.

The JMU Symphony has made numerous appearances at VMEA, Virginia’s state Music Conference, and also participates annually, in conjunction with Carnegie Hall (NY) in their “LinkUp” Youth Concert series. The Symphony is, at present, the only university orchestra consistently invited to participate in the program. Major works recently performed include: Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Tchaikowsky Symphonies 4 and 5, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Shostakovitch Symphony 5, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (with the JMU Choral Area) and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2. For additional information, contact Foster Beyers, Director of Orchestras at:  beyersfj@jmu.edu

Chamber Orchestra

The JMU Chamber Orchestra is comprised of 30-36 musicians, and presents up to 4 performances each year Membership is open, through the audition process, to music majors, music minors as well as non-majors looking for an opportunity to continue playing at JMU. Works programmed include compositions from the Baroque, Classical, early 19th century, as well as chamberorchestral works of the 20th century. In addition, the Chamber Orchestra spends substantial time each semester reading a variety of other works, providing the members exposure to literature from a broad range of composers and styles. For more information, contact Foster Beyers, Director of Orchestras at: beyersfj@jmu.edu.

Ensemble Directors

Stephen Bolstad

Stephen P. Bolstad
Professor, Director of Bands
Ensemble Area Coordinator
bolstasp@jmu.edu
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Scott Rikkers

Scott Rikkers
Director of the Marching Royal Dukes, Assistant Director of Bands
rikkersd@jmu.edu
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Amy Birdsong
Assistant Director of Bands, Director of Pep Band
birdsoae@jmu.edu
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Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy

Jo-Anne van der Vat-Chromy
Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, Coordinator of Voice Area
vanderjx@jmu.edu
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Bryce Hayes

W. Bryce Hayes
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Choral Activities
hayeswb@jmu.edu
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Chuck Dotas

Chuck Dotas
Professor, Director of Jazz Studies
dotascj@jmu.edu
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Foster Beyers
Assistant Professor
Director of Orchestras
beyersfj@jmu.edu
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Don Rierson

Don Rierson
Associate Professor, Director of Opera and Music Theatre
riersodg@jmu.edu
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