The String Orchestra consists of violins, violas, cellos and basses made up of SLU students, faculty and staff, and also includes adult and student musicians from around our vast community. A performance audition is required for eligibility and placement within this ensemble, and violinists are rotated throughout sections as needed by the semester.
The ensemble performs a diverse assortment of repertoire featuring differing musical styles including classical, baroque, traditional/folk, contemporary, popular and film music, engaging in the various techniques required to play them, and to share those accomplishments with their audiences in several high quality performances for our on and off-campus community to enjoy.
The fall semester is typically devoted to standard repertoire, while the spring semester focuses on lighter, more popular works, which frequently 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, Fiddler’s Journey, Memorable Music from Movies, TV, and Video Games, and last spring’s A Tribute to James Horner, in honor of the film composer’s passing in 2015.
This past fall, we combined our efforts with the University Chorus for a full-scale performance of Mozart’s Requiem, along with The Abduction from the Seraglio Overture, German Dances (K. 605), and the second movement from Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.
This semester will feature the string orchestra joined with a full complement of woodwinds, brass, and percussion, as we present 40 Years of Star Wars: The Music of John Williams.
A serious approach, high expectations, and a dedicated attitude from its student and community members have given the SLU String Orchestra its exceptional reputation, as can be seen by several performance clips on YouTube.
Rehearsals: Monday evenings starting January 30, 7:00-9:30 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Performance 1: Saturday, April 29, at 7:30 pm, George Hall Auditorium, Ogdensburg
- Performance 2: Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 pm, Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, SLU campus
Auditions: Monday, January 23, 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.