String Orchestra

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 additional instrumentation. Previous programs 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. Last spring we performed A Tribute to James Horner (1953-2015), in honor of the late film composer.

This fall, we will combine our efforts with the University Chorus in a full-scale performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Unfinished at his death, it was completed by two of his students and performed in this form for over two centuries. Recent research has uncovered new sources and sketches by Mozart, and musicologist Robert Levin has assembled a new edition based on this new information. This is the version we will perform with the chorus. The String Orchestra will also be performing their own Mozart selections at this concert as well.

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: Mondays, 7:00-9:30 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

  • Fall 2016: starting September 5
  • Spring 2017: starting January 30

Performance dates:

  • Fall 2016: Friday, November 11, at 7:30 pm at George Hall Auditorium, Ogdensburg, and Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 pm in Gunnison Memorial Chapel
  • Spring 2017: Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, with additional performance TBA

Audition: Monday, August 29, 7:00-8:30 pm in 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.