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Symphony Orchestra

The Symphony Orchestra comprises approximately 70 student musicians who have successfully auditioned and are prepared to perform a broad range of classical and sacred music literature. Most have previous ensemble experience in community groups or from high school.
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Performances

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Orchestra membership is a year-long commitment, which usually includes six on-campus performances and a couple of concert tours. The orchestra tours internationally every third year.
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Rehearsals

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Mabel Wood Hall 241, Monday through Thursday, 5:00-6:15 p.m.

Strings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Winds & Percussion: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
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Orchestra conductor, Laurie Redmer Cadwallader

Conductor's Philosophy

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"I always find great pleasure in the first rehearsal of my 'new' orchestra every year. I know the challenges and hard work that lie ahead, but I love watching the miracle that occurs every five or six weeks in our rehearsal room. We take music from the dots-on-a-page stage to a full, expression-filled performance every time. That is a miracle!"
-Laurie Redmer Cadwallader

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Auditions

Learn About the Audition Process

Auditions are held in the fall for a few days prior to the first day of classes. New students are required to audition. Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Mabel Wood Hall 227.

The Process
  • Be warmed up when you walk through the door for your audition.
  • Prepare one three-octave scale of your choice. Play it three or four notes slurred and at a spritely tempo. Winds and brass will be asked to play a chromatic scale also.
  • Prepare two pieces in contrasting styles. Please prepare two completely different pieces—not one piece with contrasting sections.
  • You will be asked to sight-read an excerpt from a piece the orchestra will be playing on the first concert of the season.
Results will be discussed at the end of the audition.
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Mabel Wood Hall exterior Southern Adventist University

Registration

Find Out Which Class to Register For

Qualifying students register for Symphony Orchestra for one credit. If your registration puts you over 16 credit hours, you may be eligible to register for audit instead of credit.
  • Freshmen and sophomores register for MUPF 138-Symphony Orchestra
  • Juniors and seniors register for MUPF 338-Symphony Orchestra

Recent Repertoire

  • Pomp and Circumstance March No. 3 in C minor, op. 39 - Sir Edward Elgar
  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, op. 46 - Edvard Grieg
  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, op. 55 - Edvard Grieg
  • Symphony No. 5 in D major, op. 107 "Reformation" - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Overture to "Egmont", op. 84 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58 - Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Chi Yong Yun, piano   
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Gloria - Francis Poulenc
  • Scaramouche, op. 165c, III. Braziliera - Darius Milhaud
    • Esther Sousa, alto saxophone   
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26 - Sergei Prokofiev
    • Jacob Martin, piano   
  • Cello Concerto No. 4 in G minor, op. 104 - Antonin Dvorak
    • I. Allegro
    • Joseph Min, cello
  • Concertino, op. 26 - Carl Maria von Weber
    • Ben Kipps, clarinet   
  • Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, op. 40 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • I. Allegro vivace
    • Dina Kasman, piano   
  • Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • I. Allegro
    • Mira Walker, piano   
  • Violin Concerto in G minor, op. 63 - Sergei Prokofiev
    • I. Allegro moderato
    • Bethany Thornton, violin   
  • Symphony No. 1 in D minor, op. 42 - Alexandre Guilmant
    • I. Introduction et Allegro
    • Patrick Rice, organ   
  • Dialogues for Organ and Strings - Margaret Vardell Sandresky
    • Kimberly Marshall, organ   
  • Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra, op. 36 - Samuel Barber
    • Kimberly Marshall, organ   
  • Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Cockaigne (In London Town), op. 40 - Sir Edward Elgar
  • Crown Imperial - Sir William Walton
  • I Was Glad - Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
  • The Hundredth Psalm - Ralph Vaughan Williams

  • Overture to "The Abduction from the Seraglio," K. 384 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    • Joshua Holritz, violin   
  • Symphony No. 6 in D major , op. 60, B 112 - Antonin Dvorak
  • Quiet City - Aaron Copland
    • Nathan Warner, trumpet
    • Jessica Warner, English horn   
  • For a Beautiful Land: A Symphonic Poem - Linda Robbins Coleman
  • Trumpet Concerto - Aleksandra Pakhmutova
    • Nathan Warner, trumpet   
  • Symphony No. 3 in C major, op. 52 - Jean Sibelius
  • Gloria - Antonio Vivaldi
  • Radetsky March, op. 228 - Johann Strauss, Sr.
  • Flute Concerto in D major, op. 283 - Allegro molto moderato - Carl Reinecke
    • Charissa Goosey, flute   
  • Elegie, op. 24 - Gabriel Fauré
    • Nathan Francisco, cello   
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 16 - Allegro moderato - Edvard Grieg
    • Matthew Kimbley, piano   
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, op. 102 - Allegro - Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Emma Motok, piano   
  • Violin Concerto in C major, op. 48 -  Allegro molto e con brio - Dmitri Kabalevsky
    • Emily Drexler, violin   
  • Poem for Flute and Orchestra - Charles Griffes
    • Erika Martinez, flute   
  • Symphony No. 6, op. 42, no. 2 - Allegro - Charles-Marie Widor
    • Katherine Pohle, organ   
  • Fingal's Cave (The Hebrides) Overture, op. 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 26 - Felix Mendelssohn
  • Symphony No. 2 for Organ and Orchestra in A major, op. 91 - Felix Alexandre Guilmant
    • Nathan Laube, organ   
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83 - Johannes Brahms
    • Kristjon Imperio   
  • Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74 "Pathetique"   Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

  • Symphony No. 8 in D minor (Worcester Overture) - William Boyce
  • Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 “Unfinished” - Franz Schubert
  • Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Solemn Overture, op. 73 - Alexander Glazunov
  • Concerto for Clarinet and Strings - Christopher Ball
    • Nicholas Hartline, clarinet
  • Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 17 “Little Russian” - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Symphonic Sketches - George Whitefield Chadwick
  • Overture to The Impresario - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor, op. 20 - Allegro - Alexander Scriabin
    • Rachelle Gensolin, piano
  • Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 - Allegro molto appassionato - Felix Mendelssohn
    • Shawn Kim, violin   
  • “Africa” Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra, op. 89 - Camille Saint-Saens
    • Jacob Martin, piano
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1 -  Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Vivace Lauren Kim, piano   
  • Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace - Felix Mendelssohn
    • Allen Liu, violin   
  • Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30 - Allegro ma non tanto - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Aleksandra Kasman, piano
  • Overture to La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) - Giaochino Rossini
  • Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra - Robert Ward
    • Clinton Schmitt, saxophone   
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 73 - Johannes Brahms
    Elijah / Felix Mendelssohn

  • Leonore Overture No. 3, op. 72b - Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Fantasia on Sacred Harp Tunes - Ethan McGrath
  • Symphony No. 8 in G Major, op. 88 - Antonin Dvorak
  • Overture to Cosi fan tutte, K. 588 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, op. 15 - Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, op. 13 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Messiah - George Frideric Handel
  • Stargaze - Jonathan Bartholomew
  • Concerto in A minor, op 54, Allegro affetuoso - Robert Schumann
    • Patrick Rice, piano
  • Concerto No. 1 in A minor, op. 33, Allegro non troppo - Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns
    • Kristiana McCombs, cello
  • Concerto No. 3 in C major, op. 26, Andante-Allegro - Sergei Prokofiev
    • Benjamin Gittens, piano
  • Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, op. 10, Allegro brioso - Sergei Prokofiev
    • Katherine Pohle, piano
  • Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra, Moderato assai ma molto maestoso - Launy Grøndahl
    • Joseph Archer, trombone   
  • Concerto No 5 in A minor, op. 37, Allegro non troppo - Henri Vieuxtemps
    • Haeun Kim, violin   
  • Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18, Allegro scherzando - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Yun Lu, piano
  • In Nature’s Realm Overture, op. 91 - Antonin Dvorak
  • Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra - Eric Ewazen
    • Doug Warner, trombone   
  • Symphony No. 3 in C minor (“Organ”), op. 78 - Charles Camille Saint-Saëns
  • Adagio for Strings, op. 11 - Samuel Barber
  • Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, op. 30 - Victor Herbert
    • Wesley Baldwin, cello   
  • Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, op. 3- W45 - Howard Hanson

  • Overture to “The Magic Flute”, K. 620 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • L’Arlésienne Suite No. 1 - Georges Bizet
  • Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92 - Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Overture to “Prince Igor” - Alexander Borodin
  • Variations on a Theme by Haydn, op. 56a - Johannes Brahms
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 77 - Johannes Brahms
    • Carla Trynchuk, violin   
  • Overture to Candide - Leonard Bernstein
  • Polonaise Brilliante in D major, op. 4, no. 1 - Henri Wieniawski
    • Dana Wilson, violin   
  • Oboe Concerto, Hob. VII g: C1, Allegro spiritoso - Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Tyler Rand, oboe   
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, op. 64, Allegro molto appassionato - Felix Mendelssohn
    • Pablo Sanchez-Pazos, violin   
  • Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat Major, KV 450, Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Man-Ling Bai, piano   
  • Andante e Rondo Ungarese, op. 35 - Carl Maria von Weber
    • Guanliang Zong, viola   
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G major, Allegramente - Maurice Ravel
    • Yi-Ju Tsai, piano   
  • Overture to Candide - Leonard Bernstein
  • Hymn Tune Fantasy - John T. Mac Lean
  • Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92 - Ludwig von Beethoven
  • Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, op. 8 - Otar Gordeli
    • Heather Small, flute   
  • The Planets, op. 32 - Gustav Holst
  • Hopyard Overture - Jonathan McNair
  • Serenade in C major for String Orchestra, op. 48 - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 97  “Rhenish” - Robert Schumann

  • The Wasps Overture - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • The Lark Ascending-Romance for Violin and Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams
    • Mark Reneau, violin
  • Symphony No. 6 in E minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Symphony No. 5 in D minor, op. 47 - Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 19 - Ludwig van Beethoven
    • Wan Lin Yu, piano   
  • Concerto in A minor, op. 53 - Antonin Dvorak
    • Breanna Thornton, violin   
  • Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22 - Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns
    • Liliya Ugay, piano   
  • Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, G. 124 - Franz Liszt
    • Si Yao Li, piano   
  • Tuba Concerto - Edward Gregson
    • Martin Matheny, tuba   
  • Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83 - Johannes Brahms
    • Ethan McGrath, piano   
  • Concerto in B minor, op. 104 - Antonin Dvorak
    • Denielle Wilson, cello   
  • Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16 - Sergei Prokofiev
    • Jonathan Harper, piano   
  • Russian Easter Overture, op. 36 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Appalachian Spring: Suite - Aaron Copland
    • Sarah Strickland, conductor   
  • Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90 “Italian” - Felix Mendelssohn
  • The Corsair Overture, op. 21 - Hector Berlioz
  • Symphony No. 100 in G major, “Military” - Franz Joseph Haydn
    • Sarah Strickland, conductor   
  • Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 - Antonin Dvorak
    • “From the New World”   

  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine - John Adams  
  • Romeo and Juliet: Fantasy Overture after Shakespeare - Peter Tchaikovsky  
  • Symphony No. 4 in Bb, op. 60 - Ludwig von Beethoven  
  • Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, op. 27 - Felix Mendelssohn  c
  • Symphony No. 2 in D, op. 73 - Johannes Brahms  
  • Neither Life Nor Death - Tim Rumsey  
  • Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in C major, H. XVIII:1 - Franz Joseph Haydn  
    • Egbert Schonenmaker, organ   
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in e minor,  op. 64, Allegro molto appassionato - Felix Mendelssohn  
    • Annabelle Kyle, violin   
  • Oboe Concerto, Allegro giocoso - David Mullikin
    • Tyler Rand, oboe   
  • Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in Eb major, Allegro - Johannes Neruda  
    • Michael Pichette, trumpet   
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in F# minor, op. 1, Vivace - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Matthew Wilkinson, piano   
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F# minor, op. 20, Allegro - Alexander Scriabin
    • Knar Abrahamyan, piano   
  • Overture to Der Freischutz - Carl Maria von Weber  
  • Symphonic Sketches - George Whitefield Chadwick
  • Orpheus, Symphonic Poem No. 4 - Franz Liszt

  • March slave, op. 31 -   Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
  • Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra, op. 36 - Samuel Barber
    • Peter Sykes, organ   
  • Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70 - Antonin Dvorak
  • Light Cavalry Overture - Franz von Suppé
  • Symphony No. 104 in D major (London) - Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Symphony No. 3, op. 27 (Sinfonia Espansiva)  - Carl Nielsen
    • Julie Penner, soprano
    • Brett Hyberger, baritone   
  • Flute Concerto - Aram Khachaturian
    • Josianne Bailey, flute   
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 14 - Samuel Barber
    • Breanna Thornton, violin   
  • Concerto for Piano No. 1 in G minor, op. 25 - Felix Mendelssohn
    • Min-Fang Wang, piano   
  • First Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, op. 42 - Alexandre Guilmant
    • Stephen Thorp, organ   
  • Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
    • Amos Chon, cello   
  • Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, op. 18 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
    • Hsin-Ju Cindy Lo, piano   
  • Consecration of the House Overture, op. 124 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 "Choral" - Ludwig von Beethoven
    • Kimberly Keck, soprano
    • Sara Snider Schone, alto
    • Darrin Hassevoort, tenor
    • Tony Deaton, bass   
  • Overture to Shakespeare's "As You Like It," op. 28 - John Knowles Paine
  • Symphony No. 2 in B minor - Alexander Borodin
  • Concerto for Piano in E major, op. 59 - Moritz Moszkowski
    • Bruce Ashton, piano