University Symphony Orchestra
The 65–90 member University Symphony Orchestra performs repertoire heard on the stages of the world’s great orchestras. It is an introduction and training ground not just for a professional orchestral career, but allows music educators to become steeped in the science of how a large ensemble works. Recent performances include Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” and Symphony No. 9, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3 “Organ,” Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, Barktok’s Concerto for Orchestra, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The orchestra plays four concerts a year and collaborates with CSU choral ensembles, CSU dance ensembles, and the department’s concerto competition.
Ensemble director, Professor Wes Kenney, is also music director of the Fort Collins Symphony and Opera Fort Collins, and is a past winner of the Varna International Conducting Competition. The orchestra rehearses twice a week; membership is by audition only with auditions taking place the weekend before the first week of classes.
Under the direction of Professor Wes Kenney, the select chamber orchestra – ranging from 10–40 members – performs music from the Baroque to contemporary while specializing in the Classic period music of Mozart and Haydn. The Sinfonia has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Britten’s Variation on a Theme of Frank Bridge, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 “Linz,” as well as the music of several contemporary composers. The group has performed and provided sessions on ensemble training at the American String Teacher Association annual conference and the Colorado Music Educators Association annual convention; the orchestra has also been on several state tours. Additionally, the ensemble is the Ralph Opera Program orchestra, performing operas such as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. Collaborations include the department’s concerto competition, dance concerts, and choral concerts. Players auditioning for the University Symphony Orchestra are automatically considered for this premiere orchestra.
The Concert Orchestra is open to all CSU string students who wish to continue their participation in music after high school, and also serves as a working laboratory for students pursuing a Music Education degree. The Concert Orchestra allows Music Education majors the opportunity to perform on a secondary instrument, develop effective rehearsal techniques, and gain a knowledge of the standard repertoire appropriate for middle or high school orchestra. In addition, the Concert Orchestra allows students enrolled in the Instrumental Conducting undergraduate class the opportunity to conduct an ensemble and develop appropriate conducting techniques prior to their student teaching experience.
- No audition required: register and come to class
- Rehearses: M/W, 1-2:30 p.m., UCA Room 202
- Conductor: Leslie Stewart