MU Orchestra

Millersville University Orchestra

The Millersville University Orchestra is an auditioned large ensemble that rehearses and regularly performs at Biemesderfer Hall as well as Steinman Hall in Ware Center-Lancaster. Led by conductor Vera Volchansky, the Orchestra performs standard symphonic repertoire, collaborates with MU faculty, as well as winners of local competitions, including the Lancaster International Piano Competition and Louis Vyner Competition, and often performs with major guest artists.  In the past five years, the MU Orchestra has performed with pianists Santiago Rodriguez, Awadagin Pratt, and Ioannis Potamousis, cellist Zuill Bailey, organist Paul Jacobs, clarinetist Robert Spring, soprano Eleni Calenos, among others.  Dr. Volchansky's vision of the orchestral program is to advance the ensemble's level of artistry, create unique and inspiring learning and performance opportunities for the students, and share the great works of musical art with the audiences in Lancaster. 

Rehearsals: Monday & Wednesday, 4:00-6:00 pm; WVPAC 101.


Auditions typically take place during the first week of classes. More information regarding the MU Orchestra audition dates will be released when available.


  • Violin, Viola, String Bass, Double Bass, Cello
    Please provide a link to a YouTube video of yourself playing a scale and a short selection of your choice. The video links should be sent to prior to the deadline. Dr. Volcahansky will reach out regarding placements.
    Video recording: 
    1.  two-octave scale (any major or minor scale)
    2.  4-5 min selection/piece that most represent your technical and musical ability
    Back to top
  • Winds and Percussion

    The audition process for all winds and percussion players will take place with the Wind Bands audition. Please see the Wind Bands page for more information regarding that audition process.

    Back to top

Rhapsody in Blue, performed by The Millersville University Orchestra featuring Dr. Xun Pan on Piano. Directed by Dr. Vera Volchansky.