Georgia Tech Orchestras
- Master Class with Sandra Wright Shen
Guest artist Sandra Wright Shen is giving a master class to GT pianists and chamber groups! The class will take place on Tuesday November 3 at 4:35-5:55 in Couch 104.
- Concert Season 15-16 Announced!
Concert Schedule for the 2015-16 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 from 6:15 pm to 7:35 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings 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 4:35 pm to 5:55 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.
MUSIC MENTOR PROGRAM
For information about the Music Mentorship program, a peer to peer music tutoring partnership, please click here.
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 2016. More information and the application will be available here.
Chamber Strings rehearsals are Tues/Thurs between 4:35 to 5:55 PM in Rm 104 of the Couch Music Building.
Orchestra (GTSO) rehearsals are Tues/Thurs between 6:15 to 7:35 PM in Rm 115 of the Couch Music Building.
Weekly rehearsal schedule will be posted online at: Orchestra weekly rehearsal schedule
The GTSO and Chamber Strings perform 4-6 concerts in an academic year. The current 2015-2016 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 students new to GTSO and those who wish to audition for ensemble placement.
Auditions for Fall 2015 will take place on August 17 & 18 (Mon & Tue) between 4:30-9pm 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. It is expected that Chamber Strings will provide humanities credit starting Fall 2016. 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.
MUSI 3611: Symphony Orchestra T/TH 6:15-7:35
MUSI 4801 Special Topics: Chamber Strings T/TH 4:35-5:55
There is a firm attendance policy which directly affects your grade for the class.
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