The orchestra performs four major concerts per season, and two or three additional shorter or shared concerts. During the 2017-18 season the orchestra will appear on the Wheaton College Artists Series on “An Evening of Singing,” featuring the internationally famous tenor, Lawrence Brownlee, singers from the Lyric Opera Ryan School, and the college choirs. In addition, guest conductor Alex Jimenez, director of orchestras at Florida State University will conduct the orchestra in concert, and Professor of Piano Karin Redekopp Edwards will be a guest soloist.
Symphony Orchestra is a full-year course and is open to all students. Auditions are held during the first three days of classes in the fall, August 23-25. New students should sign up for a time during Freshman Orientation (in Lower Beamer). Auditions consist of a short (two minutes or less) excerpt from a solo of your choice PLUS the orchestral excerpts as provided, below.
Instrumentation: violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes (includes piccolo), oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, harps, percussion
Dr. Daniel Sommerville, conductor
Audition Music for 2017-18
(All links are to PDFs)
Brass and Percussion
Harpists, please contact Dr. Sommerville.
Study with one of our outstanding private teachers, many of whom are very active performers in top chamber groups and orchestras in the Chicago area, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Orchestra, Music of the Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Chicago, period instrument ensembles, and many other performance organizations.
Student tickets (usually $15) are available for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts (both at Symphony Center, Chicago, and for the three-concert series the CSO performs at Edman Chapel, Wheaton College) and the Lyric Opera. Students also get in free to the world-reknown Art Institute of Chicago with a student ID. Many of our students regularly avail themselves to these opportunities. Transportation is easy, with the train station just across the street from the southeast corner of campus.