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Nancy Strelau, director

The orchestra recently performed in Nassau, Bahamas with the National Youth Choir in December, 2014. The orchestra has performed in 2010 and 2006 as well.


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.  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.

2014-2015 Season

The Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra opens the 2014-2015 season  with ‘Side by Side’.  A concert that features the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra and the Nazareth College Wind Symphony on September 26th at 7:30 pm. Works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, Copland and Holst.

The Symphony Orchestra will perform on November 16th at 7:30 pm in a program showcasing composers. Prokofieff's Concerto No 3 with Professor Ivanka Driankova and music of  Corigliano, Diamond and Mendelssohn.

The Annual ‘Rising Stars’ concert on February 13th at 7:30 pm features winners of the Concerto & Aria competition and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

On April 10th at 7:30 pm, the Symphony Orchestra will perform Copland's John Henry, Williams' J.F.K. Suite and Resphighi's Pines of Rome in a concert titled "Creating the Impression".

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.

For more information please contact:
David Hult, director

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