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The University of Bremen Orchestra

The orchestra was established when the University of Bremen was opened and has been led by its director of musical activities Dr Susanne Glaess since 1996. It is a fully-fledged symphony orchestra with between 70 and 95 members: students of the University and from a number of colleges in Bremen that do not have orchestras of their own, former employees of the University, and friends that have joined over time. All members play free of charge; even for rare instruments like the harp or the tuba, no paid musicians are required. Once a semester, the orchestra is joined by members of the professional orchestra in residence of the City of Bremen, “Bremer Philharmoniker”, who provide coaching sessions for all sections of the orchestra.

The orchestra either performs with the choir (for joint projects, see here) or plays programs exclusively for orchestra. It has undertaken trips to Italy, Poland and France (Strasbourg). Recent programs include: Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Symphony, Brahms’ 2nd Symphony, Max Bruchs 3rd Symphony, Shostakovich’s 5th Ballet Suite “The Bolt”, und William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony”.