Senior Symphony Orchestra

June 17 - 23, 2018

For students completing grades 8-12

Designed for senior high students who play string, wind, and percussion instruments, the primary focus of this program is developing the finest orchestral ensemble experience and individual artistry. Classes include full ensemble and sectional rehearsals, masterclasses, elective courses, and study of new and standard orchestral literature in repertoire classes. Wind and percussion students must sign up for Senior Band, and placement into Senior Orchestra will be based on audition during the first day of camp. Wind and percussion students that place highest in auditions and indicate interest will be selected to perform exclusively in the Senior Orchestra during their camp experience.

Here is what a typical day in the Senior Symphony Orchestra program will look like:

  • 8:15- 10:30 am: Full Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 10:45- 11:45 am: Sectionals
  • Noon- 1:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15- 2:15 pm: Full Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 2:30-3:30 pm: Technique Class OR string quartet rehearsal/coaching
  • 3:45- 4:45 pm: Technique Class OR string quartet rehearsal/coaching
  • 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
  • 10:30: Lights out
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    Symphony Orchestra Conductor
    Donald Schleicher, The University of Illinois

    Now celebrating his 21st season as Music Director and Conductor of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra, American conductor Donald Schleicher has also served as Music Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director and Principal Conductor for the Pine Mountain Music Festival.

    Schleicher has conducted the National Philharmonic of the Ukraine, the Guiyang (China) Symphony, the Gwangju (South Korea) Symphony, the Inchon (South Korea) Philharmonic, the Daegu (South Korea) Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM of Mexico City, the South Dakota Symphony, and the orchestras of Bridgeport, Tallahassee, and Lansing. He has also appeared as a guest conductor at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. In 2015, he returned to the PMMF to lead the festival’s 25th Anniversary Season by conducting their production of “The Barber of Seville” as well as leading the PMMF Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s monumental “Symphony No. 9.”  In 2016, he will guest conduct the Nairobi Orchestra in Kenya.

    Read more about Professor Schleicher here.