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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.
 

Performances

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.

Concert Calendar »

Rehearsals

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

Strings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Winds & Percussion: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
 

Auditions

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

  1. Be warmed up when you walk through the door for your audition.
  2. 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.
  3. Prepare two pieces in contrasting styles. Please prepare two completely different pieces–not one piece with contrasting sections.
  4. 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.

Registration

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

 


Conductor

"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!" More about the conductor » 

Concerto Competition Winners

Winners performed with the Symphony Orchestra on January 27, 2013.

View a list of the winners and the program »

 

 

 

Recent Repertoire

2012-2013
The Wasps Overture   Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending–Romance for Violin and Orchestra
   Mark Reneau, violin
  Ralph Vaughan Williams
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
   
Wan Lin Yu, piano
  Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto in A minor, op. 53
   Breanna Thornton, violin
  Antonin Dvorak
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22
   
Liliya Ugay, piano
  Charles-Camille Saint-Saens
Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, G. 124
   
Si Yao Li, piano
  Franz Liszt
Tuba Concerto
   
Martin Matheny, tuba
  Edward Gregson
Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83
   
Ethan McGrath, piano
  Johannes Brahms
Concerto in B minor, op. 104
   
Denielle Wilson, cello
  Antonin Dvorak
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 16
   Jonathan Harper, piano
  Sergei Prokofiev
Russian Easter Overture, op. 36   Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Appalachian Spring: Suite
   Sarah Strickland, conductor
  Aaron Copland
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”
   
Sarah Strickland, conductor
  Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95 “From the New World”   Antonin Dvorak

 

2011-2012
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

 

2010-2011
March slave, op. 31   Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Toccata Festiva for Organ and Orchestra, op. 36
     Peter Sykes, organ
  Samuel Barber
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70
 
  Antonin Dvorak
Light Cavalry Overture   Franz von Suppe
Symphony No. 104 in D major (London)   Franz Joseph Haydn
Symphony No. 3, op. 27 (Sinfonia Espansiva)
     Julie Penner, soprano
     Brett Hyberger, baritone
  Carl Nielsen
Flute Concerto
     Josianne Bailey, flute
  Aram Khachaturian
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 14
     Breanna Thornton, violin
  Samuel Barber
Concerto for Piano No. 1 in G minor, op. 25
     Min-Fang Wang, piano
  Felix Mendelssohn
First Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, op. 42
     Stephen Thorp, organ
  Alexandre Guilmant
Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33
     Amos Chon, cello
  Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Concerto for Piano No. 2 in C minor, op. 18
     Hsin-Ju Cindy Lo, piano
  Sergei Rachmaninoff
Consecration of the House Overture, op. 124 Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125 "Choral"
     Kimberly Keck, soprano
     Sara Snider Schone, alto
     Darrin Hassevoort, tenor
     Tony Deaton, bass
  Ludwig van Beethoven
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
     Bruce Ashton, piano
  Moritz Moszkowski

 

 

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