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The Kent State University Orchestra is one of the major performance ensembles in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music.
It is open to all KSU students, through audition, regardless of major.

Performances

Each year, the orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque period to the present. The orchestra performs a season Subscription Series of five performances, as well as the annual Evening with the Orchestra event, opera performances, and other special events. Soloists appearing with the orchestra include members of our performance faculty and winners of the annual Student Concerto Competition. Kent State choral ensembles often collaborate with the orchestra in the presentation of major works for chorus and orchestra. The Kent State Opera joins the orchestra in presenting a major opera each year.

Syllabus for Fall 2016

Performance Schedule for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

CONCERT 1
Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 3 p.m.
University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
Mason Bates Mothership
Samuel Barber First Essay
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major Op. 88

CONCERT 2
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Overture to The Magic Flute
                                            Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön with Timothy Culver
                                            Ach, ich fühl's with Melissa Davis
Emily Cooley Argo 
Alberto Ginastera  Dances from Estancia

CONCERT 3
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3 p.m.

University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
Johannes Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Marilyn Shrude Into Light
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C minor ("Fate"), Op. 67

CONCERT 4
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
Conducted by assistant conductor Alex Popovici

CONCERT 5
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.
University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
Featuring winners of the annual Concerto Competition
Jean Sibelius Andante Festivo
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Mv. 1
Henri Tomasi Saxophone Concero Mv. 1
Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto

CONCERT WITH THE OPERA
Ludwig Recital Hall, Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Marc Blitzstein The Harpies
Neil Weisensel Gisela in her Bathtub (world premiere of orchestral version)
Georges Bizet Doctor Miracle

CONCERT 6
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3 p.m.
University Auditorium, Cartwright Hall
Featuring works for Choir and Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven Choral Fantasy
      with Jerry Wong, piano
Gabriel Faure Requiem in D minor, Op. 48
 

Membership

It is composed of graduate and undergraduate music majors, as well as talented students in many other majors. All members audition for admission and placement each semester.

Date Detail Time Location
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016 Dress Rehearsal 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Fri., Oct. 28, 2016 Dress Rehearsal 2 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016 Dress Rehearsal 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Sat., Dec. 10, 2016 Dress Rehearsal 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017 Dress Rehearsal 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Fri., Sat., Sun.,
March 17 - 19, 2017
Spring Opera Schedule Tue., March 14, 2017. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dress Rehearsal
Wed., March 15, 2017. 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dress Rehearsal
Thur., March 16 - DARK
Fri., March 17 at 7:30 p.m. Performance
Sat., March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Performance
Sun., March 19 at 3 p.m. Performance
All takes place in Ludwig Recital Hall
Sat., April 8, 2017 Dress Rehearsal 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Ballroom KSC
Wed., May 3, 2017 Orchestra/Choirs 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Sat., May 6, 2017 Dress Rehearsal
Orchestra/
Choirs/
soloists
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cartwright Hall
Sun., May 7, 2017 Performance 3 p.m. Cartwright Hall

Auditions - Spring 2017

Sign-up for Orchestra Audition

Auditions for string players will happen during the first week of classes, Wednesday, January 18 and Friday, January 20 in Ludwig Recital Hall. Any KSU student who plays an orchestral instrument is welcome to audition. All string players who wish to play in the orchestra need to audition -- even if you were already a member in the previous semester.

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion instrumentalists will need to sign up for an audition. A single audition is used for placement in all of our concert bands and the orchestra.

The Kent State University Orchestra rehearses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, from 2:15-4:10 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. The first orchestra rehearsal will be on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Audition requirements: All auditioning students must prepare:

  • ALL excerpts from Nielsen Clarinet Concerto 
  • N.B. Please listen to recordings of this and know the tempi before you come audition. 

Violin I
Reh 7 – fermata bar
12 after reh 8 – reh 9
reh 14 – the 5th bar of 16
15 after reh 20 – 7 after reh 21
3 before reh 24 to 5 after reh 24
reh 29 – reh 32
7 before 36 – 36
9 after 36 – 39
40 – 41 

Violin II
Reh 7 – fermata bar
10 after reh 8 – reh 9
reh 14 – 5th bar of reh 16
15 after reh 20 – reh 21
3 before reh 24 to 5 after reh 24
reh 29 – reh 32
7 before 36 – 36
9 after 36 – 39
40 – 41

Viola

Beginning to reh 1
Reh 7 – fermata bar
10 after reh 8 – reh 9
4th bar of reh 14 – 4th bar of reh 16
reh 22 – 2 bars after reh 22
reh 29 – reh 32
7 before 36 – 36
9 after 36 – 39
40 – 41
 
Cello
Beginning to reh 1
Reh 7 – fermata bar
8 bars after reh 8 – reh 9
reh 29 – reh 32
7 before 36 – 36
9 after 36 – 39
40 – 41

Bass
Beginning to reh 1
Reh 7 – fermata bar
4th bar of reh 14 – 4th bar of 16
reh 29 – reh 32
7 before 36 – 36
9 after 36 – 39
40 – 41

This semester, all excerpts are taken from Nielsen Clarinet Concerto. (IMSLP listing)

How should you prepare for this audition?

Find recordings of the piece, if you don't already know it. Learn what the whole orchestra sounds like in each excerpt. Practice musically and expressively--not just technically. Sometimes the excerpts don't show the tempo; you need to find the whole part on IMSLP.org, or listen to some recordings to get a good idea of how fast you should play each excerpt.  You should also be aware of how these excerpts fit into the whole piece. You can download the entire part for your instrument for this symphony here.  If you're completely unfamiliar with the idea of auditioning on orchestral excerpts, please read this brief article which offers some good preparation suggestions.

Do you have a KSU friend who plays a string instrument and isn't already in the orchestra?  Please forward this information to whomever you like--let's build up our numbers together.

Ticket Information

You can now purchase School of Music event tickets through:

  • The Performing Arts Box Office.
  • Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m. in the Roe Green Center's front lobby in the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts (previously known as the Speech and Music Building)
  • Online for Cartwright Hall and Ludwig Recital Hall concerts
  • Call 330-672-ARTS (2787), or an hour before the performance at the performance's location.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash, and Check. Please make all checks payable to the School of Music. If you would like further information or have questions please contact the Box Office at 330-672-ARTS (2787). Please be advised all sales are final, no refunds, and no exchanges.

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CONTACT

Katherine Kilburn
Email: kkilbur1@kent.edu