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Department of Performing Arts - Music

University Orchestra

The University Orchestra is a great way to connect with students from across campus, and to continue doing something you love, often as a welcome respite from the challenges of your coursework. The ensemble is open to all students, regardless of major, who have prior experience at the high school level. The ensemble, rehearses twice weekly and performs several times each semester, studying a wide variety of repertoire from the string- and full-orchestra literature. We mix serious art music and classics by Mozart and Beethoven with pieces by living composers, popular and film music, and more.

In addition to serving the campus community through its own performances, the orchestra supports the opera and music theater productions as needed. Students will enjoy a fantastic musical experience, striving for excellence regardless of musical background or primary area of study. The ensemble also offers the possibility of exercising your leadership skills, as the student leadership team collaborates with the conductor on creating special projects and events for the group.

Auditions are required for all students, regardless of major. They consist of a short portion (1-2 minutes) of a prepared solo work of your choice, the provided audition excerpt(s) for your instrument and possible sight-reading. They will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 5-6:20 p.m.

Some recent performances have included the following works:

Composer / Arranger Title
Arranged The Polar Express
Bach, Johann Sebastian Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Bach, Johann Sebastian Overture Suite No. 3
Barber, Samuel Adagio for Strings
Beethoven, Ludwig van "Overture" from Egmont
Beethoven, Ludwig van Symphony No. 1
Bernstein, Leonard West Side Story Suite
Blair, Bradley (CNU Composition Student) Adagio
Britten, Benjamin Simple Symphony
Copland, Aaron Hoedown
Copland, Aaron Outdoor Overture
Corelli, Arcangelo Christmas Concerto
Delius, Frederick Sleigh Ride
Dvořák, Antonín Czech Suite
Elgar, Edward Elegy
Elgar, Edward Serenade
Finzi, Gerald Prelude
Greig, Edvard Holberg Suite
Handel, George Frideric "Comfort Ye / Every Valley" from Messiah
Handel, George Frideric Concerto for Viola in C minor, Mvmt I
Handel, George Frideric "Overture" from Messiah
Handel, George Frideric Suite for Trumpet and Strings
Haydn, Franz Joseph Concerto for Oboe in C major
Haydn, Franz Joseph Toy Symphony
Hofeldt, William Palmetto Suite
Holst, Gustav Brook Green Suite
Holst, Gustav St. Paul's Suite
Hovhaness, Alan Psalm and Fugue
Jarrett, Jack Serenade for Strings
Jenkins, Carl Palladio
McMichael, Catherine Esperance
Mendelssohn, Felix Symphony No. 9
Mendelssohn, Felix Violin Concerto in E minor
Meyer, Richard The Emerald Falcon
Meyer, Richard The Idylls of Pegasus
Meyer, Richard Vanishing Pointe
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus "Ach, ich fuhls" from The Magic Flute
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus "Batti, batti o bel Masseto" from Don Giovanni
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Eine Kleine Nacht Muzik
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Flute Concerto No. 2
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Horn Concerto No. 3
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus "Non piu andrai" from The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus "Overture" from The Impressario
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550
Newbold, Soon Hee Fire Dance
Pachelbel, Johann Canon and Gigue in D major
Rutter, John Serenade for Strings
Schubert, Franz Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D.759 ("Unfinished Symphony")
Smith, Claude Overture for a Celebration
Tatgenhorst, John Poem for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich Nutcracker Suite
Telemann, George Concerto for Oboe in F minor
Verdi, Giuseppe "De miei bollenti spiriti" from La Traviata
Verdi, Giuseppe "Saper verreste" from The Masked Ball
Vivaldi, Antonio Concerto in G
Vivaldi, Antonio Gloria
Vivaldi, Antonio Guitar Concerto
Vivaldi, Antonio Hornpipe
Warlock, Peter Carpriol Suite
Whitacre, Eric October
Whitney, Maurice III. Gigue from Dance Suite for Strings
Williams, Ralph Vaughn English Folk Song Suite
Williams, Ralph Vaughn Fantasia on Greensleeves
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