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,” and most recently "Rockin' Out, Featuring Pop and Rock Music from the Past Five Decades."
This semester, the String Orchestra will be joined by world music guest artists Journey West in a collaborative performance featuring instrumental soloists and members of the University Chorus.
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 September 9)
- Mondays, 7-9:30pm, in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Saturday, November 16, at 8pm in Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall
- Monday, September 2, or Wednesday, September 4, 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.