Southern’s Symphony Orchestra Hailed for Performance at National Conference



Southern’s Symphony Orchestra received emphatic applause from a crowd of talented musicians and professional conductors during the National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association.

“When you get an instantaneous standing ovation from a room full of conductors from across the country, you know you’ve made a good impression,” said Laurie Redmer Cadwallader, director of the 75-member troupe. “People approached over the next couple days to say how great our orchestra was.”

The Southern students were thrilled with the opportunity to perform an hour-long concert for the group.

“It was fun to look out at the audience and see how engaged the conductors were with the music,” said Corbin Weiss, a sophomore mathematics major and cello player. “Between movements, I could feel the support and appreciation for our work, because the directors in the audience know what it takes to put a symphony together.”

Cadwallader described the orchestra’s superb performance as a manifestation of their pursuit of excellence. 

“It is rare for a school our size to have the opportunity to attend and perform at a national-level conference. The students recognized this honor and rose to the occasion,” she said. “When you challenge yourself to strive for something new, it makes you better. The students sound different now, more confident. I am very proud of each member.”

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