Montreat Orchestra

The Montreat Orchestra is an ensemble of skilled musicians that includes current college faculty, staff, and students. We encourage all levels of musicians to join. Most student members are non-music majors and no special priority is given to music majors. The Orchestra is open to strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion musicians. Rehearsal is once weekly and the orchestra performs a concert at the end of each semester. This is a fun group and a great way to meet new friends!

If you would like to learn more about the Montreat Orchestra, please contact the Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Paul Babelay, at

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not planning to major in music. Can I still be involved in orchestra and receive scholarship money?

Yes, non-music majors are eligible to receive orchestra scholarships

What kind of music does the orchestra play?

We play all kinds of musical genres from Christmas music, pop, and everything in between.

I’m planning to participate in an athletic program at Montreat. Can I still be in the orchestra?

Yes…most of the time. There are some sports that practice at the same time as orchestra rehearsals. In that case, it may not be possible to be involved in both activities. However, when possible, the orchestra director is willing to work with athletic coaches to make both activities work for the student. Please contact the Director of Instrumental Ensembles, Paul Babelay, at with your specific athletic team information if this is something you would like to pursue.

I’ve been offered an athletic scholarship. Can I also receive an orchestra/pep band scholarship?

In most cases, you cannot stack an athletic and orchestra scholarship. However, the music department is willing to look into this possibility on an individual case-by-case basis.

How much time will I need to set aside for the orchestra in my schedule?

We meet once a week for two hours for rehearsal.

I’m in the honors program. Can I stack honors and an orchestra scholarship?

Yes, orchestra scholarships are stackable with honors scholarships not to exceed the price of full tuition.

What is expected of orchestra members, besides attending rehearsals?

Members will be expected to attend all concerts that they are playing in. Members under scholarship will be required to take applied lessons as well. Applied lessons and ensembles can be used towards humanities credits.

Student Testimonial

“Joining the orchestra at Montreat College gave me the ability to meet new students who became my friends, expand my music knowledge, and keep the joy of playing music.”

Brittany ‘21
Business Administration major