Offering inspiring and exciting concerts, the Colgate University Orchestra (with Marietta Cheng conducting) rehearses Wednesday evenings and performs four major concerts each year. It is composed of Colgate students, community members, and professional musicians--a mix which provides an extraordinary interchange of ideas and an optimum learning experience. Works from the 1999-00 season include the following highlights: Gershwin "Cuban Overture", Copland "Rodeo", Grieg "Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16" (with pianist Terrence Wilson), Brahms "Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98", Dvorak "Scherzo Capriccioso", Richard Strauss "Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major, Op. 11" (with Colgate senior Jennifer Bash as soloist), Daugherty "Red Cape Tango", Goldmark "Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 28 (with violinist Ayako Yoshida) and Tschaikovsky's "Swan Lake Suite, Op. 20a".
Only a handful of the students in the Orchestra are music concentrators. Most play simply for the love of music and the fun of performing. Course credit is available -- one credit for two consecutive semesters. Membership in the Colgate University Orchestra is through a short, informal audition.
"I feel lucky to be a part of the Orchestra. There are many great opportunities that one wouldn't think a small school like this would offer."
"I am very lucky to play in such a professional organization. We are exposed to so many great pieces!"
"Orchestra presents a good opportunity to work with and learn from professional musicians."
"It's a great learning experience to play in an orchestra amongst professionals and it's also exciting to feel like you've really contributed."