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Stanley Chepaitis

Dr. Stanley Chepaitis, Director

The IUP Symphony Orchestra exists to provide IUP music students with experience performing standard orchestral repertoire as well as new and unusual works.

Recently, the IUP Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of principal conductor David Martynuik, has performed at the 2009 PMEA In-Service Conference in Valley Forge and the 2011 MENC Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore, Md. During the 2012 Spring semester, the orchestra performed at Symphony Space in New York City.

This spring, the orchestra will perform in the first ever live-streamed concert at the university. The concert, titled "Pipe Dreams: Music for Organ and Orchestra," will be presented on May 4 at 8:00 p.m. and will feature IUP Assistant Professor of Organ Christine Clewell. View the live-stream here

Over the past several years, the orchestra has performed a wide range of works, including Copland’s “Red Pony,” Beethoven Symphonies nos. 2, 7, and 8, Dvorak Symphony #8, Piston’s Symphony #2, Diamond’s Symphony #2, and concerti by Sibelius, Ravel, Grieg, and Mozart. In 2013, principal conductor David Martynuik led the ensemble in an Opera Gala featuring Metropolitan Opera tenor, Richard Fracker. In addition, the orchestra has combined with the choirs for performances of Vaughan Williams’ cantata “Dona Nobis Pacem,” Handel’s oratorio “Israel in Egypt,” and Bruckner’s Te Deum.

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.

For concert dates and ticket information,

visit the Lively Arts Events Calendar.

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  • Cogswell Hall, Room 103
    422 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1071
  • Phone: 724-357-2390
  • Fax: 724-357-1324
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