The String Orchestra consists of violins, violas, cellos and basses made up of students, faculty and staff, which also includes local community adult and talented student musicians. An informal audition is required for eligibility and placement within this ensemble, 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.
Typically 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 spring 2013's Memorable Music from Movies, TV, and Video Games, which included a full complement of woodwinds, brass and percussion, resulting in a full symphony orchestra.
This past spring and fall featured special 10-Year Retrospective concerts, which gave the orchestra the opportunity to perform one selection from each concert since 2004, and included a video montage with pictures of many students in the ensemble over the past ten years.
This year, our concert will be entitled A Fiddler's Journey.
A serious approach, high expectations, and a dedicated attitude from its members have given the String Orchestra its exceptional reputation, as can be seen by several performance clips on YouTube.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, starting Wednesday, January 21.
Performance dates: Friday, April 17, 7:30 pm at the Russell Opera House, and Sunday, April 26 at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Auditions: Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 - 8:30pm Peterson Kermani Performance Hall
Audition requirements: One or two prepared solo works (of any type/genre), scales (two octaves preferred), and sight-reading.
For more information, contact Christian Hosmer, director.