The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra maintains a membership of approximately 85-100 students. Concerts and repertoire expose participants to a variety of orchestral literature from the Classical through Contemporary periods, including popular and film music. Director Andrea Brown insists on a musically rigorous yet friendly and fun atmosphere.
The 2012-2013 academic year will be another exciting year for the GTSO!
Concert dates for the upcoming year are:
November 8 at 7:30 PM – Ferst Center for the Arts
November 29 at 7:30 PM – School of Music Holiday Concert – Ferst Center for the Arts
February 24 at 3:00 PM – Ferst Center for the Arts
April 21 at 3:00 PM – Ferst Center for the Arts
Participation in the Orchestra broadens students’ skills and experience in performing, understanding and appreciation of great music. Recent works performed include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Theofanidis’s The Here and Now with the Georgia Tech Choirs, Gershwin’s American in Paris, John Williams’s Star Wars Suite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and James Horner’s Suite from The Mask of Zorro. Other recent works include Wagner (Prelude to the 3rd Act of Lohengrin), Bernstein (Symphonic Dances from West Side Story), Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4.
The program also provides access to master classes and records regularly. Members also enjoy social aspects through events such as retreats and movie nights. Students are encouraged to pre-register for orchestra and then audition.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION & CLASS TIME
This ensemble meets as a class and you receive credit for taking it (since there is a mix of veteran and new members on this email list).
There is a firm attendance policy which directly affects your grade for the class. Please see attached syllabus for attendance policy.
***CLASS TIME IS T/TH 6:15 – 7:35 PM***
ALL members should enroll for the class. Academic conflicts are a common issue and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. Please let Dr. Brown know as far in as advance as possible with these matters.
SPRING SEMESTER CONCERT REPERTOIRE/DATES
February 24 at 3:00 PM – Mothership – Mason Bates; Mysterious Mountain – Hovhaness; The Moldau – Smetana (shared w/ Jazz Ensemble)
April 21 at 3:00 PM – Film Music for Choir and Orchestra (w/ GT Chorale and Women’s Choir)
SPRING 2013 TBA
A mix of social activities, sectionals, and full ensemble rehearsal to help us get to know each other and make sure that our concert is in great shape.
ONLY NEW STRINGS, WINDS, & PERCUSSION WILL NEED TO AUDITION FOR THE SPRING 2013 SEMESTER.
Auditions will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 6-9pm in the Couch Building (CHECK IN RM 115). Sign-up sheets for times will be available on the Concert ensemble boards on the first floor of the Couch building.
sight reading, a short selection of your choice (2-3 min), and 2 to 3 scales of your choice (3 octaves)
Orchestral/Wind Ensemble/Concert Band WINDS:
5 Chromatically adjacent scales, chromatic scale and sight reading- There is NO Prepared Piece
Please contact Dr. Brown for more information regarding participation or auditions firstname.lastname@example.org
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In addition to participating in one of the large instrumental ensembles, students may elect to participate in a chamber ensemble. This provides an opportunity for exceptional musicians to refine their musical skills and earn additional course credit. Various chamber ensembles include string quartet, piano duets, piano quintet, saxophone quartet, clarinet quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, and many other possibilities. Ensembles are expected to rehearse with a faculty coach once a week and once on their own. Ensembles culminate their semester’s work at the Chamber Ensembles concert.
Please contact Dr. Brown if you are interested in performing with a chamber ensemble.
CONCERTO COMPETITION (FALL ONLY)
Audition to win a solo performing opportunity in Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra’s November 2012 concert. The competition is open to vocalists and instrumentalists. All current Georgia Tech students are eligible to enter.
The Fall auditions will be held on Monday, August 27 at 7 PM.
Deadline for submitting your application is Friday, August 24 at 5 PM.