What makes HRO different from other orchestras at Harvard?

There are many musical opportunities at Harvard, so this is an important question to address. First, HRO is the biggest and oldest orchestra on campus – as Harvard's biggest symphony orchestra (the oldest symphony orchestra in the country, in fact!), the repertoire is often different from that of the other orchestras' on campus. We are well-suited for playing Beethoven and Mahler symphonies but rarely play Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi. Our large size also means that there are always more students to meet, with a wide variety of interests and concentrations. Lastly, we have a professional conductor, while most other groups on campus have student conductors. The Bach Society Orchestra, a slightly smaller and student-conducted group, has a nice comparison of the different orchestras at Harvard here.

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