Students will be placed in one of the two ensembles based on the nomination form submitted by their director. Fair and accurate orchestra assignments will depend on complete information from individual high school directors. The Chamber Orchestra is the smaller, more select ensemble, and the Festival String Orchestra is the larger ensemble.
Music for both groups will be sent ahead of the festival for preparation. Members of the Festival String Orchestra will be given specific chair assignments, but chair placements for the Chamber Orchestra will be determined on festival weekend by a live performance audition on the festival music. The expectation for both groups is that students are very familiar with their festival music before they arrive.
Students who play in the Dorian Chamber Orchestra should demonstrate many of these skills and characteristics:
Here are the recent repertoire selections of the chamber orchestra to give you an idea of the playing level required of this ensemble:
Five Pieces for String Orchestra, movements 1 and 2 - Paul Hindemith
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, movement 1 - Johann Sebastian Bach
Brook Green Suite - Gustav Holst
Alleluia and Fugue for String Orchestra - Alan Hovhaness
Suite for Strings from Bolberg's Time, Op. 40 - Edvard Grieg
Concerto in D minor, L'Estro armonico, Op. 3, No. 11 - Antonio Vivaldi
Jambo - Traditional African Folk, arr. Jeremy Cohen
Appalachia Waltz - Mark O'Connor
Concerto Grosso I. Andante feroce - Maria Newman
Hoe Down from Rodeo - Aaron Copland
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Michael Giacchino arr. O'Loughlin
The fees for the 2022 festival will be available in the fall.
No tickets are required for the Festival Grand Concert on Monday, February 7. The concert is free and open to the public.
The festival grand concert is NOT live-streamed.
Concert attire is all black or black bottoms with white tops.
Option A: A collared shirt with nice dress pants. Ties are encouraged.
Option B: A nice blouse with dress pants/skirt or a dress.