The String Orchestra consists of violins, violas, cellos and basses made up of students, faculty and staff, and also includes local community adult and student musicians. An informal audition is required for eligibility and placement, and violinists are rotated as needed by the semester. The main objective of the String Orchestra is to perform a diverse assortment of repertoire featuring different musical styles including classical, baroque, traditional/folk, contemporary and popular music, learning the various techniques required to play them, and to share those accomplishments with audiences in several performances, both on and off campus.
Generally the fall semester is devoted to standard repertoire, while the spring semester focuses on lighter, more popular works, which occasionally feature additions to the orchestra. Previous program titles have included Viva Vivaldi, Music from the 20th Century and Beyond, Mostly Mozart, A Celtic Journey, Music from the Old World to the New World, A Tribute to John Williams, Solo, A Night at the Opera, A Night on Broadway, Back-to-Back Bach, and last spring’s popular Memorable Music from Movies, TV, and Video Games, which included a full complement of woodwinds, brass and percussion.
A serious approach and a dedicated attitude from its members have given the String Orchestra its reputation for excellence, as can be seen by several performance clips on YouTube.
This fall the Alexander String Quartet will join us for a rehearsal, and many of the students and long-time community members are looking forward to Spring 2014, as it marks the 10th Anniversary of the String Orchestra.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, starting September 11
Concert date: Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Auditions: Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Audition requirements: One or two prepared solo works (of any type), scales (two octaves preferred), and sight-reading.
For more information, contact Christian Hosmer, director.