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 featured a special 10-Year Retrospective concert, which gave the orchestra the opportunity to perform one selection from each spring concert since 2004, and included a video montage with pictures of many students in the ensemble over the past ten years.
As we continue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the String Orchestra at SLU, this fall we will be preparing A 10-Year Retrospective II – featuring works chosen from all of our past fall semester concerts, again performed in chronological order. The renowned Alexander String Quartet will be visiting campus and joining the orchestra for a rehearsal in October, which is always one of the high points of the semester.
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, September 10
Performance date: Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Auditions: Wednesday, September 3, 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.