Next Performances

Side by Side Concert
October 18, 2018
7:30 PM
Grand Haven High School
Brahms, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams,
and more

Martian Party!
October 31, 2018
5:30 PM
GVSU Art Gallery Mars Exhibit
Louis Armstrong Theatre Lobby
Mars from 'The Planets' by Holst

Duitman conducting

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this Grand Valley State University Orchestra site. I hope that you will browse the entire site and learn more about our exciting ensembles.  Our concerts are free and open to the public and we know that you will be enriched by listening to them. 
Henry Duitman, conductor

From an April, 2018 performance at Park Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan,

Symphony Orchestra Strings with Faculty Soloists
Concert clips from February, 2018 [5 minutes]

Complete Performance [13 minutes]
February, 2017

Concert Clips [6 minutes]


   Overture to 'Idomeneo'

   Karelia Suite, movement I

PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi
   Tenor Aria
   Soprano Aria (Italian)
   Soprano Aria (English)
   Final Duet

GOUNOD Faust - Ballet Suite
   Movement I
   Movement II
   Movement III
   Movement IV
   Movement V
   Movement VI
   Movement VII

FAURE Requiem
with GVSU University Arts Chorale
   I Requiem  
   II Offertory  
   III Sanctus  
   IV Pie Jesu
   V Agnus Dei
   VI Libera Me
   VII In Paradisum

Henry Duitman joined the GVSU Music Department in the fall of 2008.  With the orchestra he has initiated a yearly Side-by-Side Concert with outstanding Michigan high school orchestras and String Leadership Day which allows excellent high school and college students to collaborate with faculty and members of the Grand Rapids Symphony. 

The first GVSU String Leadership Camp was held in August, 2016.  This was a highly successful three-day event focusing on chamber music for high school students.  Camp dates for 2017 are August 14-16.

Besides the 60 member Symphony Orchestra, other string ensembles at Grand Valley State University include the  Chamber Orchestra, a select group of the finest string and wind players.  In addition to performing at concerts, this ensemble provides music for university and community events.  Recently they performed in  London, UK in May of 2013.

Each year a few of the finest players perform with the highly-regarded GVSU New Music Ensemble led by Professor Bill Ryan.  Those with an interest in Early Music may perform on authentic Baroque instruments in the Early Music Ensemble led by Professor Pablo Mahave-Veglia.

The Faculty String Trio consists of Artist-Faculty members, Gregory Maytan, Paul Swantek, and Pablo Mahave-Veglia. During the last several years this versatile ensemble has visited several dozen high schools throughout the state of Michigan, providing mini-concerts and coaching sessions for string orchestras and quartets.  Directors may contact Henry Duitman to schedule this free service at their school.

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