Georgia Tech Orchestras
- UPDATES! 2016-17 GTSO Concerto Competition
Congratulations to Zhengyang Weng for winning 2016-17 GTSO Concerto Competition!! Zhengyang will perform Tchaikovsky First Piano Concerto with the GTSO during FAll 2017.
Honorable Mention goes to Richard Li (Shawn, Clarinet Concerto).
- Concert Season 16-17 Announced!
Concert Schedule for the 2016-17 year is available here.
The School of Music currently offers two orchestral ensembles: the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO), a full orchestra, and Chamber Strings, an intermediate string orchestra. Both ensembles are under the direction of Professor Chaowen Ting, maintains a membership of approximately 70-90 students. The orchestra program also provides access to master classes, professional engagements, and recording opportunities. Members enjoy social aspects through informal dinners and parties. Students are encouraged to pre-register for orchestra and then audition. Semester dues are $15.
The GTSO performs 4-6 concerts in an academic year. Concerts and repertoire expose participants to a variety of orchestral literature from the Classical through Contemporary periods, including operatic, popular and film music. Participation in the Orchestra broadens students’ skills and experience in performing, understanding and appreciation of great music. Recent works performed include Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Serenade for Strings, and Mussorgsky / Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition.
The GTSO Rehearsals are 12:00-1:15 pm on Tuesday and Thursday, with occasional evening rehearsals between 6:15-7:35 pm in the fall and spring semesters.
GTSO is proud to announce the launch of the string orchestra program, Georgia Tech Chamber Strings. Chamber Strings is an intermediate string orchestra, providing players a supportive environment in which players develop personal string techniques and ensemble skills through practicing, rehearsing, and coaching. Players are explored to Classical string repertoire as well as modern and pop music.
Chamber Strings meet from 1:30-2:45 pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the fall and spring semesters. Chamber Strings performs with the GTSO on full orchestra concerts as well as other out-reach performances.
The GTSO sponsors an annual Student Concerto Competition. All student vocalists and instrumentalists are invited to participate. The next competition will be held during Spring 2017. More information and the application will be available here.
!! Fall 2017 Schedule!!
Symphony Orchestra (MUSI 3611 SO) rehearsals are Tues/Thurs between 12:00 to 1:15 PM and occasional 6:15-7:35 PM in Rm 115 of the Couch Music Building.
Chamber Strings (MUSI 3611 CS) rehearsals are Tues/Thurs between 1:30 to 2:45 PM in Rm 104 of the Couch Music Building.
Weekly rehearsal schedule will be posted online at: Orchestra weekly rehearsal schedule
The GTSO and Chamber Strings together perform 6-9 concerts in an academic year. The current concert schedule can be found below. Updates will be made as needed. Check this site periodically for possible changes.
All students must audition to participate in the orchestra. Auditions are held during the first week of class in the fall semester. Spring audition will only be open to non-current orchestra members, those who wish to audition for ensemble placement, and those who wish to audition for GTSO principals.
Auditions for Spring 2017 will take place on January 9 (Mon) between 6:30-9pm in the Couch building.
Both orchestras meet as a class. Students can earn humanities credit for Symphony Orchestra, provided it meets the requirements listed in your Georgia Tech Catalog. Chamber Strings will provide humanities credit upon approval of the General Education Committee. ALL members should enroll for the class.
Academic conflicts are common issues. Please fill out the Orchestra Conflict Form during the second week of school when you know your schedule. Students are required to make up the missed rehearsal time. The Director and the student will determine projects based on the student’s availability and interest. Various projects might include but not limited to: rehearsal and concert setup, librarian work, poster design and distribution, etc.
Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) — MUSI 3611 SO: Symphony Orchestra T/TH 12:00-1:15; 6:15-7:35
Chamber Strings — MUSI 3611 CS: Symphony Orchestra T/TH 1:30-2:45
There is a firm attendance policy which directly affects your grade for the class.
Watch concert videos at our YouTube Channel: gt orchestras
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