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 rotated by each semester's needs.
This ensemble performs a diverse assortment of intermediate to advanced repertoire featuring differing musical styles, including classical, baroque, traditional/folk, contemporary, popular and film music, with the intent to deliver several high-quality performances on campus and off.
The fall semester is typically devoted to standard repertoire, while the spring semester focuses on lighter, more popular works, which often feature additional instrumentalists or soloists.
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," "40 Years of Star Wars: The Music of John Williams," "A Tribute to Superheroes,” “Eternal Light,” "Rockin' Out," and most recently "Journey East with Journey West," a collaboration with special guest artists Journey West, who provided us with a unique and memorable world music performance event.
This semester, the String Orchestra will once again be joined by woodwinds, brass and percussion for another large-scale, full orchestra concert experience, entitled "Music at the Movies," featuring epic film favorites from past to present.
A serious approach, with high standards, and a dedicated attitude from its members, have given the SLU String Orchestra its exceptional musical reputation on the university campus and the local community.
Rehearsals (starting Monday, January 27)
- Mondays, 7-9:30pm, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Saturday, April 25, at 7pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Sunday, April 26, at 2pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Monday, April 27, at 7pm at Madrid-Waddington Central School
- Monday, January 20, 7-8pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
Auditions include one or two prepared solo works of any type/genre, scales (two octaves preferred), and sight-reading.
For more information, contact Christian Hosmer, director.