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The orchestra is the core ensemble of the orchestral program at California State University San Bernardino. Membership is comprised primarily of music majors, in addition to instrumentalists from the CSUSB and greater San Bernardino communities. This ensemble provides the opportunity for string, woodwind, brass, percussion, and keyboard musicians to become well versed with masterworks of the symphony orchestra repertory, in addition to occasional works for chamber and string orchestra. Community engagement and educational outreach opportunities, and a yearly tour are also a part of this ensemble's offerings.


The Director

Dr. Lucy Lewis

Assistant Professor of Orchestral Music Education; Conductor, Orchestra

Office Location: Performing Arts Building 217


Phone: (909) 537-5085

Dr. Lewis conducts the CSUSB Orchestra, is the applied violin and viola professor, coaches string chamber music, and teaches string methods and pedagogy. View full bio.

Ensemble Rehearsal Times

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 5:50 p.m., Room 127, Performing Arts Building. 

CSUSB Orchestra Membership

Students, CSUSB faculty members, and community artists are all invited to participate in the California State University San Bernardino Orchestra. Membership in the CSUSB Orchestra is open to all students regardless of major; you do not have to be a music major to participate. Auditions are held on the first week of each quarter. To view the audition requirements and sign up for an audition time for Fall Quarter 2019.

Prospective Students

Please speak with us about joining the CSUSB String and Orchestral Studies area programs. Interested students must first apply to California State University San Bernardino, send official test scores and other materials to the CSUSB Office of Admissions, and schedule an audition.

Detailed information regarding the CSUSB admissions process may be found here:

CSUSB's string faculty members are active performers and pedagogues with extensive professional experience. We would be delighted to speak with you about the possibility of joining our program and so please contact us with any questions you may have.

Lucy Lewis, Violin, Viola, Chamber Music, Orchestra

Mi Hyeon Chu, Cello, Chamber Music

Spencer Baldwin, String Bass

Mary Dropkin, Harp

Stuart Green, Guitar, Chamber Music

Prospective students are also encouraged to contact the CSUSB Music Department by email at with specific questions about music courses, programs, and degree tracks.

CSUSB Orchestra Opportunities

Members of the CSUSB Orchestra have access to a variety of special opportunities that include a collaborative relationship with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, and access to participation in the CSUSB American String Teachers Association Student Chapter.  

San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra

California State University San Bernardino Student Opportunities:

  • San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra Internship: Administrative Intern to the Executive Director
  • San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra Internship: Administrative Intern for the Guthrie Music Library
  • Docent Training for the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra's Outreach Program, 'Music in the Schools'
  • Access to reduced ticket prices for the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra's Season Concerts

During the 2018-2019 Concert Season, eleven string players from the CSUSB Orchestral Program were also selected to perform The Planets by Gustav Holst alongisde the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra for their “Celestial Sounds” concert, the final performance of the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra’s historic 90th season.  

Symphony Orchestra

Special thanks to Dr. Anne Viricel (San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra Executive Director), Dean McVay (San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra Board Chair), and AFM Local 47 for supporting this opportunity for our students!

American String Teacher's Association

California State University San Bernardino Student Opportunities:


For more information about the California State University San Bernardino Chamber Orchestra, please contact Dr. Lucy Lewis at (909) 537-5085 or  You may also connect with us on String & Orchestral Program's Facebook.