Since its inception in 1995, the Memorial University Chamber Orchestra has become an integral part of the music scene in St. John’s. The orchestra has been involved with a number of major collaborations within the School of Music including fully staged opera productions of Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and The Magic Flute, Menotti’s The Medium, Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel and Will Todd’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. They have also performed Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Brahms’ Schicksalslied with the festival choir as well as the Canadian premiere of Arvo Part’s In Principio with Lady Cove and Newman Sound choirs. Recently, the orchestra gave a special co-production with the Toronto Symphony, and presented renowned Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker in Gershwin’s Concerto in F.
The Chamber Orchestra provides its members with the opportunity to study and perform a wide range of standard and new repertory that has recently included works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg Sibelius, Shostakovich and Schnittke as well as contemporary Canadian composers. Each year the orchestra proudly presents the winner of the annual student concerto competition, and last season joined forces with the Newfoundland Sinfonia on their first subscription concert.
This coming fall, the orchestra will focus on string-only repertoire, so registration will be limited to string players only. We *hope* to welcome winds, brass and percussion back to the orchestra in the Winter 2021 semester should we be able to meet in person. If you are a current music student, student from another faculty, or a community member who plays violin, viola, cello or bass, we’d love for you to audition!
Audition videos will have to be submitted by Friday, September 4th 11:59pm Newfoundland Time.
To submit your audition video, please log in to Brightspace and select "Ensemble Auditions". You will find a tab for "Orchestra" with a video upload tool. If you do not have access to Brightspace or cannot find the "Ensemble Auditions" shell, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the orchestra audition feel free to contact me at email@example.com
With my best wishes for a safe and enjoyable semester!
Director of orchestral studies