MUN Chamber Orchestra
Since its inception in 1995, the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra has become an integral part of the music scene in St. John’s. Since the arrival of its current director Vernon Regehr, the orchestra has been involved with a number of exciting collaborations within the School of Music including productions of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel, La Cantarina and scenes from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro with the opera workshop ensemble, as well as performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the Festival Choir. In spring 2010 the Orchestra and Opera Workshop presented a fully staged production of Mozart's masterful late opera The Magic Flute at the Reid theatre, to both popular and media acclaim. The orchestra has also recently collaborated with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in the gala concert event celebrating Mozart’s 250th birthday and also has had some recent international exposure, performing at the International Festival of Ensembles at the Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Orchestra provides its members with the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of standard and contemporary orchestra repertoire, and features a solo concerto performance with the orchestra by the winner of the annual student concerto competition. Winners of past competitions have gone on to continue their studies at top graduate schools, and hold university teaching positions as well as orchestral posts. The Orchestra has been featured on CBC Radio and television, and won the St. John’s Kiwanis festival group Rose Bowl. Past tours include visits to the Maritime provinces and Ontario. The Orchestra has released a CD of works by Bartók, Elgar, Grieg and Newfoundland composer Clark Ross.
The Memorial University Chamber Orchestra is open to any members of the community and the orchestra would encourage experienced string players, in particular, to join! We are still accepting new members this fall, so if you would like to audition please contact the School of Music, (709) 864-7486 or email Dr. Regehr at firstname.lastname@example.org.