The Department of Orchestra comprises five teaching and research faculty teams: 1) wind music, 2) string music, 3) chamber music, 4) art direction, and 5) art practice. It also houses Orchestra Academy and Chamber Music Academy, six orchestras (symphony orchestra, soloists chamber orchestra, symphonic wind orchestra, string orchestra, flute orchestra, and clarinet orchestra), and diverse forms of chamber music combinations such as woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartet, and piano trio. The department offers courses of 15 instruments, (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and organ). Currently, the department has 297 undergraduates and 23 postgraduates, 52 full-time teachers (including four foreign teachers).
The department enjoys top-notch teaching facilities including two concert halls equipped with advanced organs, two 330-square-meter performance halls, four 130-square-meter rehearsal halls, and more than 50 faculty piano rooms. The department boasts a strong faculty including an expert enjoying special allowance from the State Council, a winner of the Ou Yongxi Excellent Music Education Award of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, a distinguished professor of Zhejiang Provincial ‘Qianjiang Scholar Program’. The department has achieved fruitful teaching results in reforming the talent training model at Orchestra Academy and Chamber Music Academy. In terms of research and art practice, the department has made remarkable achievements. Aside from the three projects obtaining subsidies from the China National Arts Fund, it successfully held many art practice and professional academic activities, such as the four sessions of International Chamber Music Festival, three sessions of International Clarinet Festival, and the Teaching Summit of Orchestra Departments of Eleven Music Conservatories in China. Moreover, the teachers and students of the department held the concert titled Dialogue from the Master of Mozart's Hometown — Mozart Concert-Chamber Orchestra Zhejiang Conservatory of Music and performed Mozart's classic opera Le Nozze di Figaro together with Wolfgang Redik and Kai Röhrig, famous conductors from Austrian Universität Mozarteum Salzburg; they gave the concert titled Night of Concerto — A Special Concert of Symphony together with Professor Peter Stark, renowned conductor from Royal Academy of Music, and held the 2018 Insight of China — the Belt and Road Art Master Workshop together with Haitham Yaseen Khaleel Sukkariyeh, a renowned conductor from the School of Arts and Design of the University of Jordan.
In terms of student cultivation, the department has made the third prize for solo clarinet at the 15th Woodwind Instrument Solo Competition of the Central Conservatory of Music, the first prize in Wind Solo and the first place in Chamber Music at the 10th 'Città di Massa' International Competition for Young Musicians, the first place in Group C at the 31st Young Musician International Competition 'Città di Barletta', the first prize of Instrumental Ensemble at the Zhejiang College Students Art Festival, and other awards at dozens of competitions at home and abroad.