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Nancy Strelau, director

The orchestra performed in Nassau, Bahamas in November 2010 at the invitation of the government of Bahamas. In February 2006, the orchestra was part of the inaugural concert of the National Choir of the Bahamas.

Symphony Orchestra

Each semester Nazareth College string students perform in the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra (NCSO), performing traditional and contemporary professional orchestral works and concerti. Student composer’s works are often read at the end of each semester and advanced works are chosen to be featured in concert.  The symphony orchestra often has a role in accompanying the Nazareth College choirs as well.

The 80-member ensemble offers a minimum of two concerts each semester.  All music majors are eligible to compete in the NCSO Concerto & Aria Competition each year.  Three winners are chosen to perform in the annual ‘Rising Stars’ Concert in Linehan Chapel in March.  The ‘Donors Concert’ follows in April where ‘all bets are off’ as the faculty and students are featured in serious, fun, pops and sometimes some very unexpected forms of music making.    One advanced orchestral conducting student conducts one piece on each concert.

All orchestral performances are in Linehan Chapel in the Golisano Academic Center. All concerts are free and open to the public.

2012-2013 Season

The Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra opens the 2011-2012 season  with ‘Side by Side’.  A concert that features the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra and the Nazareth College Concert Band on September 28th.  
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 announces the opening of this concert season with an eclectic mix to follow with pieces by Liadov, Grainger, Chance and Gershwin.

The Symphony Orchestra will perform on November 9th at 7:30 pm in a program inspired by Shakespeare and the blues. A rare but witty solo turn for the tuba, with Professor Jeremy Stone and Mourant's Blue Haze for clarinet and strings with Professor Marcy Bacon, as well as Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  

The Annual ‘Rising Stars’ concert on February 21 features winners of the Concerto & Aria competition and works by Tchaikovsky and Marquez. 

On April 12, the Department of Music graduates will featured as composers and soloists in a program of music new and old.

Rehearsal Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:45 - 7:15 p.m.
For more information please contact:
Nancy Strelau, director

Chamber Orchestra

The Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) makes their appearance during both symphony orchestra concerts as well an entire concert of chamber orchestra literature at the end of the semester.  String student soloists are the ‘centerpiece’ of each semester’s concert. NCCO traveled to Nassau, Bahamas, collaborating with the Choir of the Bahamas in Nassau, in 2004 and 2011.  Other opportunities for musical collaboration in Poland, Dominican Republic and China are being explored.

Rehearsal emphasis is on performance techniques, ensemble playing skills and a variety of stylistic skills pertinent to string playing.  Literature has included standard string orchestra repertoire ranging from Brandenburg Concerti to Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite to Beethoven Symphony’s No. 1 & 8 have featured recently.   Literature that has been recently performed and may not be as well known ranges from Ive’s Unanswered Question to Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 to Klein’s Two Portrait’s for Strings and Trumpet.

Music Education string students conduct the chamber orchestra during their spring semester lab of the Orchestral Conducting and Literature course.

Each semester students are selected to form chamber groups to enhance their musical performance and musicianship skills.  These groups come under the course heading of Nazareth College Chamber Players and are required to rehearse weekly in addition to their weekly coaching by faculty.

Rehearsal Times: Fridays, 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.
For more information please contact:
Nancy Strelau, director

Chamber Ensemble

Through the variety of small ensembles offered, trios and quartets are formed at the beginning of each semester. Literature is determined by each chamber music coach with input from ensemble members. Chamber groups perform each semester in string recitals, college ensemble performances and at various venues throughout the community.
The Chamber Music Program is coordinated by David Hult.

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David Hult, director

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