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 semester marks the 10th Anniversary of the String Orchestra at SLU! We are celebrating this occasion by preparing “A 10-Year Retrospective” – each selection on the program will be a work chosen from past Spring semester concerts, starting in 2004 and moving in chronological order to 2013. It will be an exceptionally diverse program of various musical styles and genres, and will be especially enjoyable for those who have played in the orchestra since its inception.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, starting Wednesday, January 29
Performance dates: 10th Anniversary Concerts, Friday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at the Russell Opera House, and Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Auditions: Monday, January 27, 8:30pm Griffiths 46
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.