Senior Symphony Orchestra
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 rehearsals complemented by sectionals, technique classes and an elective.
Selected woodwind, brass, and percussion students will be assigned to the Senior Orchestra in place of Senior Band based on placement auditions on the first day. Woodwinds, brass and percussion players should register for Senior Band, but will be asked to give their preference at the audition. The audition material is the same whether auditioning for placement into Senior Orchestra or to one of the two concert bands.
Here is what a typical day will look like:
- 8:15- 9:15 am: ISYM Orchestra Rehearsal
- 9:30- 10:30 am: ISYM Orchestra Rehearsal
- 10:45- 11:45 am: ISYM Orchestra Sectional
- Noon- 1:15 pm: lunch
- 1:15- 2:15 pm: ISYM Orchestra Rehearsal
- 2:30- 3:30 pm: Orchestra Master Class (or String Chamber coaching/Rehearsal)
- 3:45-4:45 pm: ISYM Elective (or String Chamber coaching/Rehearsal)
- 5:15 pm: Dinner and evening activities
- 10:30 pm- 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.