String Orchestra

The String Orchestra is an ensemble open to SLU students, faculty and staff, as well as adult and student musicians from our local community. A performance audition is required for eligibility and placement within this ensemble, and violinists are typically rotated as needed by the semester.

The ensemble performs a diverse assortment of intermediate to advanced level repertoire featuring differing musical styles including classical, baroque, traditional/folk, contemporary, popular and film music, and endeavors to share their program with several high quality performances for our on and local off-campus community.

The fall semester is typically devoted to serious standard repertoire, while the spring semester focuses on lighter, more popular works, which frequently feature additional instrumentalists.

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, Fiddler’s Journey, Memorable Music from Movies, TV, and Video Games, A Tribute to James Horner, and 40 Years of Star Wars: The Music of John Williams.  We’ve also participated with the University Chorus for various choral and orchestral works.

This semester will feature the string orchestra joined with a full complement of woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as we present A Tribute to the Super Heroes, featuring action-film movie music from Batman, Superman, Captain America, Spider-Man and others.

A serious approach, high expectations, and a dedicated attitude from its members have given the SLU String Orchestra its exceptional reputation among the university campus and community.

Rehearsals: Monday evenings starting January 29, 7:00-9:30 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall

Performance date:

  • Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 pm. Venue TBD.
  • Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, SLU campus

Auditions: Monday, January 22, 7:00-8:30 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall and Wednesday, January 24 from 7-8 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.