The Chamber Orchestra is open to all students, faculty, and staff.
Auditions are required to show one’s ability to participate in the ensemble as well as for seating placement. The orchestra is made up of mostly string players, using other instrumentalists when needed. Participants can expect to perform music from the 17th to 21st century.
Students will be able to understand the relationship between performance and historical context. In this environment they will develop increased skills in ensemble phrasing, sight reading, and overall musicianship, and will be able to apply their enhanced performance skills to other musical styles and genres. They will develop a greater understanding of musical elements, techniques, style, and presentation. Students will also learn how to play in a chamber orchestra, with or without a conductor, and learn the etiquette and leadership responsibilities necessary to be a part of the group. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to work one on one with guest artists and participating music faculty members. A concert of prepared repertoire is given once each semester.