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Mission: Orchestra at RIT

The study of music has long been an important component of what is considered a solid foundation for the educated individual. In this tradition, the RIT Orchestra's mission is to develop the skills and knowledge of our musicians, and thus enhance the life of our community and the communities into which RIT graduates enter. Participants in the RIT Orchestra come from all parts of the RIT and greater Rochester community, and include students, faculty and staff from each college at RIT.

During the academic year, members of the RIT Orchestra study the various theoretical, historical and technical facets of the musical arts through rehearsing and performing repertoire from ca. 1600 to the present day, resulting in performances and presentations to the RIT community and general public. Membership is open to anyone from RIT and the Rochester area.

For more information about participating in the RIT Orchestra, please contact the Director, Yunn-Shan Ma:


Quick Facts:

  • 50-75 members: RIT students, faculty, staff, and Rochester community musicians, by audition 
  • RIT Orchestra students frequently among RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars 
  • Nearly every RIT college represented 
  • Perform four to eight concerts per year, on campus and at a number of beautiful venues in the Rochester area 
  • Standard orchestral repertoire from ca. 1600 to the present, including world première and modern première performances 
  • Performances with some of the Rochester area's finest soloists, and other area ensembles
  • Began in 1981