UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra

Sommer Forrester, Conductor of UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra

The UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra is comprised of musicians from throughout UMass Boston and the Greater Boston Community. Led by conductor Sommer Forrester, PhD, the 35-piece orchestra performs twice yearly, near the end of the spring and fall semesters, celebrating classical music through a diverse repertoire. 

Originally formed in 1966, and revitalized in 1992 under Jon Mitchell, the UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra presents students with an opportunity to play alongside seasoned musicians, rehearse as an ensemble, and perform for the community. Beginning in Fall of 2016, the Orchestra will perform in the University Hall Recital Hall, a newly constructed 150-seat auditorium with stellar acoustics.

Sommer Forrester took the helm in 2015, looking to build on the orchestra’s tradition and increasing opportunities for student participation. 

On November 17, 2017, the UMass Boston Chamber Orchestra will present Audacious. Conductor Forrester leads the orchestra on a journey through repertoire that upended contemporary ideas about how the orchestra is conceived. From Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide (1823), to the Brahms’ Double Concerto (1887), to Bates’ electronic infused Mothership (2011), the orchestra will delve into works push artistic boundaries and challenge tradition. Tickets are $5, students and alumni, and $10, General Public, and are now on sale HERE.  


Members of the community, including UMass Boston faculty and staff, interested in joining the orchestra should contact

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