Mark Lane Swanson (Music Director & Conductor, 2001-present) 


Amherst College attracts many of the finest student instrumentalists who are interested in maintaining a balance between serious academics and high standards of musical performance. The instrumental program is designed to offer conservatory-like experiences--both in terms of ambitious repertoire and professional coaching and master classes--while recognizing that most of its students ultimately will be pursuing careers in law, medicine, business, and other professional fields of study.


A selection of our concert recordings will soon be available. 

Representative recordings of live performances of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra may be heard at:

and on the orchestra's official website at:


How Do I Audition for the Amherst Symphony Orchestra?

About Amherst Symphony Orchestra

A typical Amherst Symphony Orchestra season includes:


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Information abouting visiting Amherst, including maps, driving instructions, local lodging and more are available.

Prizes & Awards

Music Library
The Sylvia and Irving Lerner Piano Prize Is awarded to that student who has demonstrated the greatest skill and musicianship as a pianist.

Music Theory Placement Exam

Performance Opportunities

For more information on performance opportunities at Amherst College, please click on a link below or in the navigation bar on the left.

Choral Society


Women's Chorus