CSB/SJU Symphony Orchestra, J. David Arnott, Music Director
The Symphony Orchestra is one of CSB/SJU's largest and most recognized performing ensembles. With 70 - 80 students involved, an incredible array of majors are represented; both music majors and non-majors are invited to play. This ensemble performs four - five concerts each year and is a touring ensemble.
CSB/SJU Orchestra 2013/2014 Schedule
The new Five-Day academic schedule allowed a significant change to be made to the orchestra schedule which brings our rehearsal contact time more in line with our regional sister institutions.
Tutti orchestra rehearsals will be from 1:05-2:25 Tuesday and Thursday. These rehearsals are for everyone-winds/brass/percussion/strings. Please do your best to avoid labs during this time.
We will have string rehearsals from 3:20-4:15 on Monday and Wednesday. We will never use the Friday time (except when absolutely necessary as in during Nutcracker week). Monday will always be string orchestra, Wednesday will be string orchestra or occasionally sectionals.
Next year will certainly be an adventure in scheduling and we all need to do our best to try and make it all work.
The Nutcracker with the Minnesota Ballet
Back by popular demand, the Minnesota Ballet returns with their sparkling production of this holiday classic.
This timeless ballet tells the story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a thrilling adventure. Now your family can take this classic journey with Clara to the Land of Sweets, dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy and fight the menacing Mouse King. Set in turn-of-the-20th-century Manhattan, this production features remarkable dancing, dazzling costumes and larger-than-life staging.
The full CSB/SJU Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score.
Call FAP at 320-363-5777 for tickets and information.
Hear from the musicians:
Samantha Hurrle, '15, Harp:
Music and Spanish minors
"Orchestra is a big enjoyment for me because of the group dynamic. There are the eccentrics and the quiet people, and it adds to the color of the orchestra's sound."
Jordan Berns, '14, Viola:
Liturgical Music and Theology Majors
"The best part about CSB/SJU orchestra is definitely the wide variety of friends I have made. But friendship aside, I also view orchestra as a place to develop a greater musical understanding, for self-improvement, to learn leadership and teamwork, explore different cultures, and to take a break from the stress of homework. It is the quintessence of a liberal arts education!"