The Vanguard University Orchestra is the largest instrumental ensemble sponsored by the Department of Music. The orchestra is committed to excellence in music performance and is well received by all audiences due to its wide range of orchestral repertoire including classical, popular, sacred, and traditional as well as contemporary Christian music.  The orchestra performs on campus, schools, churches and concert halls throughout the academic year.

The Vanguard University Orchestra, directed by Mildred Yi, belongs to a Consortium of Irvine-Costa Mesa University Orchestras along with University of California Irvine Symphony Orchestra, directed by Stephen Tucker, and Concordia University Sinfonietta, directed by Jeff Held.


The Director

Mildred Yi

Mildred Yi, Assistant Professor of Music, is Conductor of University Orchestra and Coordinator of Music Education and at Vanguard University.  She is the faculty advisor for the VU Collegiate Chapter of National Association for Music Educators; a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Council of VU Graduate School of Education; and serves on the Newport Mesa District Arts Commission. Prior to her work in music teacher education, Mildred Yi has taught instrumental and choral music in public schools in Northern California for seven years.  Presently, she serves as adjudicator and clinician for ACSI Band and Orchestra Festivals, VU Solo and Ensemble Festivals, and as guest conductor for Newport Mesa District Orchestra Festivals.

Mildred Yi received an Ed.M. in Music and Music Education at Columbia University Teachers College, a M.M. in Instrumental Conducting at San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in Music from the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently completing an Ed.D. in Music and Music Education at Columbia University Teachers College.


Orchestra Rehearsals

Monday 12:00-12:50 PM | REHEARSAL in Heath 001

Wednesday 12:00-12:50 PM | SECTIONALS in Heath 001

Friday 12:00-2:15 PM | REHEARSAL in Heath 001



Below are a couple videos of their recent concerts:

Christ Central of SC – 1

Christ Central of SC – 2

2015 Fall Concert



Please visit Music Department Home Page for Upcoming Concerts.



Auditions are open to traditional undergraduate, graduate and School of Professional Studies, and community college students. To set up an audition, please contact the Music Department at music@vanguard.edu.


Performance Repertoire

2014-2015 Season

  • Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
  • Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 11
  • Schubert, Overture in D Major, D.12
  • Schubert, Die Zwillingsbruder Overture in D. 647
  • Stamitz, Viola Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 1 | Jenny Xiaoying Chen, Concerto Winner
  • Strauss, Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324
  • Strauss, Lieder | Joni Prado, Faculty Soloist
  • Ständchen from Sechs Lieder Op. 17, No. 2
  • Zueignung Op. 10, No.1
  • Cäcilie, Op. 27, No. 2
  • Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71
  • Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20
  • Waldteufel, Les Patineurs (Skater’s Waltz), Op. 183
  • Weber, Clarinet Concertino in Eb major, Op. 26 | Christian Lucas, Concerto Winner

2013-2014 Season

  • Beethoven, Overture to Coriolanus, Op. 62
  • Bernstein, West Side Story Selections
  • Bizet, L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 | Ken Foerch, Faculty Soloist
  • Castelnuevo-Tedesco, Guitar Concerto No. 1 in D Major, No. 99 | Samuel Hines, Concerto Winner
  • Harley Adams, Germ | Briana Harley Adams, Composition Winner
  • Mozart, Marriage of Figaro Overture
  • Stravinsky, Berceuse and Finale from Firebird Suite
  • Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71
  • Vaughan Williams, Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E minor

2012-2013 Season

  • Beethoven, Egmont Overture, Op 84
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, First Movement
  • Boccherini, Flute Concerto in D Major | Katherine Jordan, Soloist
  • Copland, From Rodeo “Hoe-Down”
  • Haydn, Concerto for Cello in C Major | Anna Tedeschi, Soloist
  • Mendelssohn, Violin Concert in E minor | Justin Ko, Soloist
  • Mozart, The Magic Flute Overture
  • Ravel, Mother Goose Suite
  • Schubert, Rosamunde Overture, Op. 26
  • Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Greensleeves