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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Symphony Orchestra

Timothy A. Maček, Conductor

HU Orchestra 2014

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As a small string ensemble, the Orchestra has long been a staple on the campus of Howard University. Led by Professor Timothy Macek, it grew exponentially in size and was re-named the Howard University Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2013.

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HU Orchestra c1940

Open to community members throughout the surrounding neighborhoods, it is an orchestra dedicated to preserving the traditions of classical music, while upholding and showcasing works by prominent African-American composers.


The HUSO is open to all Howard University students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as to community members of all ages.

Auditions are held at the discretion of the director, usually at the beginning of each semester. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Timothy Macek at TMacek@Howard.edu.

Ensemble Course Numbers & Descriptions

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News of Note

College of Fine Arts Postponed

8/6/2019. The University has revised the timeline for transforming the departments of Art, Theatre and Music, currently comprising The Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, into a new College of Fine Arts. Read more...

Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Choir Auditions
Tuesday, August 20, 2:10-3:30 PM, Childers Recital Hall (Rm 3001) and Thursday, August 22, 2 PM-, Room 3009, Lulu Vere Childers Hall - OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED HU STUDENTS!

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