Welcome to Orchestra at UWaterloo

Welcome to orchestra@uwaterloo, the extracurricular ensemble open to students, staff, faculty and alumni. UWaterloo students can earn credit for participation in the orchestra.

Are you interested in live classical music? Come to our free concerts on campus. You can get notices about upcoming concerts by joining our mailing list.

Do you play an instrument? Find out how you can join the orchestra, or read about our concerto and aria competition if you have solo aspirations.

Feel free to look around! You can listen to some of our recordings, or read about the orchestra and our music director Daniel Warren.

We keep links to other music groups on campus and beyond.

  1. Dec. 19, 2018Winter 2019 Concert features Concerto Competition winner

    The Winter 2019 Concert, which will take place on Thursday April 4th at 7:30pm in Hagey Hall, features the winner of the 2018 UW Concerto Competition.  Eric Liang won against stiff competition, playing Brahms Piano Concerto #2 in B flat major.  This competition is sponsored by Professor David Taylor, and the quality of the contestants was excellent.

    Concert Repertoire:

    Brahms Piano Concerto #2 in Bb major
    Bruckner Overture in G minor
    Brahms Tragic Overture, Op. 81

  2. Apr. 4, 2018Spring Term orchestra@uwaterloo

    We are delighted to present an opportunity to play in the orchestra during the Spring term.  The open rehearsal is on May 10th at 7pm in the Conrad Grebel University College Great Hall.  The concert will take place on Thursday, July 19, location tba.   See Ensemble website for details.

  3. Mar. 20, 2018"Unifinished Business" Concert on Thursday, March 29 at 7:30pm

    Directed by Daniel Warren, students, staff, faculty, and alumni from all faculties join together to play beautiful symphonic music.

    Selections include Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (The Unfinished); Smetana’s The Moldau; Brahms’ "Academic Festival Overture"; Saint Saëns’ "Bacchanale" from Samson and Delilah;  Massenet’s "Meditation" from Thaïs (violin soloist Lila Huang); Mahler’s Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5.

    Free admission, tickets available at the door.  Concert  will take place in Humanities Theatre at 7:30pm, doors opening 10 minutes earlier.

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Conrad Grebel University College


  • The next opportunity to join orchestra@uwaterloo is Spring 2019.
  • Our next Concerto and Aria Competition will take place on February 1, 2020. 
  • BIG NEWS. orchestra@uwaterloo has joined the Music Department at Conrad Grebel University College. Students can now get credit for playing in the orchestra!
  • We are pleased to announce our new Music Director, Daniel Warren.