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General Guidelines: Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra

  Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Hopkins Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Jed Gaylin Vladimir Lande
Performances/year 4 concerts for grown-ups + 1 for kids 3 partial concerts
Rehearsals 8/concert
Most Monday evenings, some Thursday evenings, and a few Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
3-4/concert
Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and one late Sunday morning.
Concert times Fall semester: Saturday evenings
Spring semester: Saturday and Sunday afternoons
Sunday afternoons
Rehearsal and concert venues Shriver Hall SDS Room (Mattin Arts Center) and
Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center
Repertoire Standard and contemporary symphonic literature, a concerto at most concerts, some opera and oratorio. Most seasons include a world premiere.
Symphonic repertoire
Concerts by season
Standard and contemporary chamber orchestra and small-ensemble works. Each piece requires different instruments, e.g., full string orchestra, woodwind quintet, Baroque chamber orchestra.
Chamber repertoire
Concerts by season
Ensemble size 75-110 5-35
Admission By audition only, each September. Acceptance into the symphony is very competitive, and is more selective than for the chamber orchestra. Mid-season admission is extremely rare. Musicians accepted into the symphony orchestra are welcome also to play in the chamber orchestra. By audition only, usually in September. Musicians who want to join HSO later in the season may be allowed to audition for the chamber orchestra. The chamber orchestra is less selective than the symphony. Musicians accepted only into the chamber orchestra are not permitted to play in the symphony orchestra unless they reaudition successfully. Most years, chamber string players get more performing opportunities than do chamber wind and brass players.
Required commitment Most concerts each season; at least 6 of 8 rehearsals per concert. Sign up for 1 concert at a time; try to attend all rehearsals.
Concert dress Ladies: long black (long black dress, or black blouse and black slacks/long black skirt).
Gentlemen: black tuxedo or suit, white shirt, black bow tie.
Ladies: long black (long black dress, or black blouse and black slacks/long black skirt).
Gentlemen: black shirt, black slacks.
 
Membership for both orchestras Open to JHU undergraduate and graduate students from all schools except the Peabody Conservatory; JHU faculty, staff, alumnae/i; and community musicians. Qualified JHU undergraduates are given first priority for admission.
Small chamber ensembles Musicians may form an independent small chamber group, receive coaching, and, if they wish, audition to perform at an HSO chamber concert. About half of each chamber concert is devoted to small-ensemble works, and half to the chamber orchestra.
HSO Concerto Competition Open to all JHU undergraduate and graduate students not majoring in music. The next competition will be held in 2011-12. The prize is a performance with the orchestra.