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 and 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

Symphony Orchestra

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.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

Choral Society

Concert Choir Glee Club Women's Chorus