The IUP Symphony Orchestra (MUSC 129) exists to provide IUP music students with experience performing standard orchestral repertoire as well as new and unusual works.
The IUP Symphony Orchestra provides students with experience
performing a broad range of orchestral repertoire, from the great symphonies to
challenging and unusual new works. The orchestra also frequently combines with
other Music Department ensembles, as well as faculty soloists to present choral
and operatic performances and concerti.
In recent years the orchestra has performed Beethoven's Symphonies No. 2, 5, and 8,
Dvorak’s Symphony no. 8, Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Copland’s
The Red Pony, as well as concerti by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Beethoven, and
Mozart. Recent premieres of new works by the orchestra include David Martynuik’s
“On Arrival in Big Sky,” and “Paganini in the Vernacular” by Stanley Chepaitis.
During the 2012 spring semester, the orchestra performed at
Symphony Space in New York City. During the fall 2015 semester, the orchestra
participated in a side-by-side performance with the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra and also joined the IUP Opera Theater in a fully staged performance
of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute. Upcoming performances include a concert featuring the six
Brandenburg Concerti of J.S. Bach.
The IUP String Ensemble provides our string players with experience in music for strings, from Baroque works of Vivaldi, Handel, and Bach to the new and experimental. In recent years, the String Ensemble has premiered new works by modern composers Daniel Perlongo and Michael Barnett, and also performed jazz-related works that incorporated improvisation and pop styles.
The IUP Symphony is open to all IUP students by audition. Contact Christian Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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