The Campanile Orchestra is made up of talented non-music majors and members of the greater Rice community who wish to continue their orchestral activities. Music majors are also welcome to participate if they desire. The Orchestra meets on Saturday mornings and is conducted by graduate students in the Orchestral Conducting program. They perform three concerts per academic year of major works from the standard orchestral repertoire.
Thomas Hong most recently concluded his third season as assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted numerous classical, community, education and pops concerts for the orchestra. Previously, he was also associate conductor with the Seattle Symphony, where he was in charge of programming and conducting all of the community outreach performances during the year. Other positions in the past include assistant conductor of Orchestre National de France, serving as cover conductor for various European tours, and also associate conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where his responsibilities were to program and perform all educational and outreach concerts, including four performances as part of Carnegie Hall’s “LinkUp!” music education program, serving all fourth grade students in the Fort Worth Independent School District.