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About the orchestra

Orchestra@uwaterloo is a university-wide orchestra open to students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the University of Waterloo. The orchestra's Music Director is Erna Van Daele. Our mission is to provide a quality musical experience for our players and audiences.

Although we welcome music students, we are not part of the Music Department. We report to the Office of Student Services and we are run by a volunteer Council chaired by Anna Lubiw.

Orchestra@uwaterloo is re-formed each term based on auditions. Undergraduate students form the majority of the orchestra's 60–70 musicians, though we also have faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni. We represent an academic cross-section of the university, with the Math and Engineering Faculties particularly well-represented. Each Fall and Winter term we play a free concert in Humanities Theatre on the UW campus, to audiences of 400–600 people, including significant numbers of students. In the Spring term we perform less formal concerts. Every two years we hold a Concerto and Aria Competition open to UW students.

Orchestra@uwaterloo was formed in 2004 by a committee that consisted of: