The Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra performing on stage at the Ferst Center for the Arts.

Georgia Tech Orchestras

Georgia Tech Orchestras

The School of Music currently offers two orchestral ensembles: the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO, advanced), and Concert Orchestra (intermediate). Both ensembles are under the direction of Professor Chaowen Ting, and maintains a membership of approximately 50-80 students in each ensemble. 

The orchestra program also provides access to master classes, professional engagements, and recording opportunities. Members enjoy social aspects through informal dinners and parties. Students are encouraged to pre-register for orchestra and then audition. Semester dues are $15.

Orchestra News

2019-29 GTSO Concerto Competition Results:

Winners (in alphabetical order, there was a tie)

Matthew Reingold, Piano, Materials Science & Engineering
(Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, I. Moderato)

Jason Smith, Clarinet, Aerospace Engineering
(Weber, Concertino for Clarinet)

Runner-up:
Shilpa Ravoory, Viola, Aerospace Engineering
(Hindemith, Der Schwanendreher)

 

New Rehearsal Schedule!!

Orchestras will meet on Monday/Wednesday for the Fall 2020 semester.

Symphony Orchestra – MUSI 3611 SO:  MW 11:00 – 12:15

Concert Orchestra – MUSI 3611 CO: MW 12:30 – 1:45

Ensembles

SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (GTSO)

The advanced ensemble GTSO performs 4-6 concerts in an academic year. Concerts and repertoire expose participants to a variety of orchestral literature from the Classical through Contemporary periods, including operatic, popular and film music. Participation in the Orchestra broadens students’ skills and experience in performing, understanding and appreciation of great music. Recent works performed include Dvorak Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Brahms Symphonies Nos. 2 & 4, and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade.

The GTSO rehearsals are 11:00-12:15 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Concert Orchestra is the intermediate orchestra at GT, performing 4 concerts in an academic year. The Concert Orchestra provides student musicians a supportive environment in which players develop personal techniques and ensemble skills through practicing, rehearsing, and coaching. Players are explored to Classical symphonic repertoire as well as modern and pop music.

Concert Orchestra meet at 12:30-1:45 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

CAFÉ MOMUS CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Café Momus is the contemporary music ensemble at Georgia Tech which combines contemporary music and theater. We aim to reach out to the audience outside of the traditional concert halls. Set in an intimate performance space, Café Momus collaborates with artists from other areas and fields, including drama, dancing, and visual arts. Student musicians collaborate with professional musicians, actors, and dancers in all Café Momus performances.   We seek to create a total-art presentation of each work  with cutting-edge combination of music, theater, dance, and stage design.

Orchestra Guidelines (Click to Open File)


Absence Request Forms

Absence Request form, PDF

Absence Request form, DOC

 

Grading Policy

 

**Please note that this is only a summary of the grading policy.
Please refer to the Orchestra Guideline for a full explanation.**

Grades are determined by attendance, preparation, and attitude. Rehearsals should be as efficient as possible. Talking during rehearsal should be kept to a minimum.

  • Cellphone use during rehearsal is prohibited. Each violation will drop your final grade by one letter (as from A to B).
  • String Players fail to pass music to the stand partner during one’s absence: If your stand partner does not have music to use at rehearsal due to your absence, the absence will not be excused, and each violation will drop your final grade by one letter (as from A to B).
  • Missing a dress rehearsal or a performance will result in your final grade dropping by one letter (as from A to B).
  • Each student is allowed two excused absence per semester.
  • Two Tardies = One Unexcused absence = grade dropping by one increment (Starting from A to A-).

Attendance Policy

**Please note that this is only a summary of the attendance policy.
Please refer to the Orchestra Guideline for a full explanation.**

Students should arrive at rehearsal room no later than 10 minutes prior to rehearsal. Attendance will be taken when tuning begins. All students not in seat when tuning begins will be considered LATE.

  • Tardy: Students arrive after tuning begins, within the first 15 minutes of the rehearsal.
  • Unexcused Absence: Students arrive later than 15 minutes after the rehearsal has begun will be marked as unexcused absence.
  • Excused Absence: Each student is allowed two excused absence per semester. Absences during the last two rehearsals prior to a concert must be discussed with the director. There will be no excused absences from Dress Rehearsals. Students are required to fill out an GTSO Absence Form in order to have the absence considered as excused:
    • Absence due to illness: an email must be sent to the director prior to the rehearsal time.
    • Absence of other personal nature: a filled GTSO Absence Form must be submitted to the director at least one day prior to the absence date.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT SCHEDULE 2019-2020

The GTSO and Chamber Orchestra performs 7-10 concerts in an academic year. The current 2019-2020 schedule was posted here on November 19, 2019.  Updates will be made as needed.  Check this site periodically for possible changes.

 

  • September 30, 2019 (Mon) — 7:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4

TJ Cole, Death of the Poet
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, mvt. I
[Nathan Holliday, Violin; Winner of the 2018-19 GTSO Concerto Competition]
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op. 36

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • October 8, 2019 (Tue) — 7:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts

American Celebration [with GT Jazz Band]

Wagner, Die Meistersinger Overture
Vaughan Williams, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1
Schubert, Symphony No.8 in B minor, D 759, “Unfinished”
Jennifer Bellor, High Resolution [premiere]
Chris Walden, No Bounds

GT Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Chip Crotts, Dr. Grant Gilman, Chaowen Ting, conductors

 

  • November 15, 2019 (Fri) — 7:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts
     

Changing Score: Classic Films Reimagined
[presented as a Ferst Center season performance]

Film Scores by Gaëll Lozac’h

**please click the link for ticket purchase**

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • November 17, 2019 (Sun) — 3:00pm, Ferst Center

Holiday Concert

Strauss (Jr.), Die Zigeunerbyron Overture
Vítězslava Kaprálová, Prélude de Noël
Anderson, Sleigh Ride
Williams, Star Wars
Holst, Mars from The Planets
Christmas Music for Orchestra, arr. By Cacavas
Duke Ellington! Arr. By Custer
Porgy and Bess Medley arr. By Whitney
Elgar, Nimrod from Enigma Variations

GT Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Grant Gilman and Dr. Chaowen Ting, conductors

 

  • February 19, 2020 (Wed) — 7:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts

Undercurrent

R. Wagner, The Flying Dutchman Overture
Stella Sung, Oceana [Georgia Premiere]
O. Respigh, Fontane di Roma
E. Elgar, Sea Pictures [Elizabeth Sarian, mezzo-soprano]

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • February 27, 2020 (Thu) — 7:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts

Chamber Orchestra and Chorale IV: Reformation

C. Saint-Saëns, Bacchanale from Samson and Dalila
Vivian Fung, Pizzicato
Beethoven, Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.21
Vaugh Williams, Five Mystic Songs [with Chorale]

GT Chamber Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • April 7, 2020 (Tue) — 7:30pm, Ferst Center for the Arts (canceled)

Romantic Masters VI: Spring

Lili Boulanger, D’un matin de printemps
Lili Boulanger, D’un soir triste
Emily Koh, in retro|re-intro:spect
Schumann, Symphony No.1 in B-flat major, Op. 38, “Spring””

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • April 9, 2020 (Thu) — 7:30pm, West Village Concert Hall (canceled)

Student Showcase

Repertoire TBA, featuring winners of the GT Concerto Competition Winners

GT Chamber Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

2018-2019

  • September 13, 2018 [The Seven Bridges of Königsberg]

Coats, Seven Beidges [world premiere]
Kristel Todesco, Guest choreographer

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • September 23, 2018 [Music in Motion]

Bizet, Carmen Suite No.1
[Ellie Wong and and Christina Luo, guest dancer and choreographer]
Stravinsky, Berceuse and Finale from Firebird Suite (1919)

GT Chamber Orchestra

Chabrier, España
Coats, Seven Bridges
Mozart, Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • November 4, 2018 [The Great Three B’s]

L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67
B. Bartok, Cantata Provana  [with GT choirs]

GT Symphony Orchestra and Choirs
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • November 17, 2018 [Symphonies No. 5]

V. A. Mozart, Overture to Die Zauberflöte
G. Verdi, Overture to La forza del destino
N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol
GT Chamber Orchestra

G. Mahler, Adagietto from Symphony No.5
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 (mvt. III & IV)
D. Shostakovich, Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op.47, Finale

GT Symphony Orchestra
James Pinder and Chaowen Ting, conductors

 

  • February 21, 2019 [Romantic Masters V: Brahms Symphony No.1]

Yuan-Chen Li, Iluwan [US Premiere]
Scott Lee, Deep Sleep
Caroline Shaw, Entr’acte

Brahms, Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op.68

GT Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Grant Gilman and Chaowen Ting, conductors

 

  • March 10, 2019 [Chamber Orchestra & Chorale V]

Handel, The King Shall Rejoice
Miller, I Believe
Gjielo, The Rose
Bizet, L’Arlesiennes Suite No.1
Offenbach, Barbarolle from “The Tales of Hoffmann”
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.2 “Little Russian”

GT Chamber Orchestra
Nathan Frank and Timothy Vervile, conductors

 

  • April 3, 2019 [Contemporary Music Concert

Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire

GT Café Momus Contemporary Music Ensemble & Sonic Generator
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • April 12, 2019 [Spring Concert]

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, African Suite
Jean-Baptiste Lully, arr. Felix Mottl, Ballet Suite

GT Chamber Orchestra
Timothy Verville, conductor

 

  • April 16, 2019 [Something Borrowed, Something New]

E. Smyth, Overture to The Wreckers
S. Prokofiev, Symphony No.1 in D Major, Op.25 “Classical”
A. Khachaturian, Piano Concerto in D-flat major, Op. 38
[Ethan Tien, Winner of the 2017-18 GTSO Concerto Competition]

GT Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Grant Gilman and Chaowen Ting, conductors

 


2017-2018

  • September 26, 201[French Festival I; joined by GT chamber ensemble, choirs and Concert Band]

Bizet, “Dans l’air nous suivons la fumée” from Carmen
Gounod, Soldiers Chorus from Faust
Berlioz, “L’Adieu des Begers a la Sainte Famille” from L’enfance du Christ, Op.25
Faure, Pavane Op. 50

GT Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale
Chaowen Ting & Jerry Ulrich, conductors

 

  • September 28, 2017 [French Festival II]

C. Debussy, Petite Suite

GT Chamber Orchestra
James Pinder, conductor

C. Debussy, Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
E. Chausson, Poème [Violin: Jun-Ching Lin, Assistant Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra]
M. Ravel, Tzigane [Violin: Jun-Ching Lin, Assistant Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra]
G. Bizet, Symphony No.1 in C Major

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • October 30, 2017 [Halloween Concert; joined by GT Women’s Choir]

Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Haydn, Symphony No.94 mvt. II
Offenbach, Infernal Dance from “Orpheus in the Underworld”
Mussorgsky, A Night on Bald Mountain

GT Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Timothy Verville, guest conductor

 

  • November 19, 2017 [Russian Legends: 1001 Nights]

P. Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave, Op.31
P. Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, mvt. I
[Zhengyang Weng, piano; 2016 GTSO Concerto Competition Winner]
N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Op.35

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • February 27, 2018 [Romantic Masters IV: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice]

P. Dukas, L’Apprenti sorcier
A. Guilmant, Morceau symphonique, Op.88
[Alexander Walden, Trombone; Principal Trombone, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra]
J. Brahms, Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op. 98

GT Symphony Orchestra
Nathanial Parker & Chaowen Ting, conductors

 

  • March 11, 2018 [Beethoven Series III: Spring]

A. Borodin, Polotzsian Dances from Prince Igor [joined by GT Chorale]
F. Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, mvt. I
[Nathan Holiday, violin; 2015 GTSO Concerto Competition Honorable Mention]
F. Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, mvt. III
[Alex Olsen, violin; 2017 GTSO Concerto Competition Runner-Up]
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No.6 in F major, Op.68 “Pastorale”

GT Chamber Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • March 31, 2018 [Façade Entertainment; jointed by Notos Ensemble]

W. Walton, Façade, An Entertainment (excerpts)
[Stephanie Willis, narrator]

GT Café Momus Contemporary Music Ensemble
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

  • April 9, 2018 [Creative Movements]

R. Strauss, Serenade for Winds in E-flat major, Op.7
A. Salvati, Clarinet Concerto [World Premiere]
[Richard Li, clarinet; 2016 GTSO Concerto Competition Honorable Mention]
W. A. Mozart, Horn Concerto No.4, mvt. I
[Aaron Thomas, horn; 2017 GTSO Concerto Competition Runner-Up]
A. Borodin, Polotzsian Dances from Prince Igor

GT Chamber Orchestra
James Pinder, Benjamin Diden & Chaowen Ting, conductors

 

  • April 15, 2018 [Time Travel]

Princess Anna Amelia, Four Military Marches for Strings
W. A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major, K.488
[Dr. Sergio Gallo, Professor of Music, Georgia State University]
D. Shostakovitch, Symphony No.9 in E-flat major, Op. 70

GT Symphony Orchestra
Chaowen Ting, conductor

 

2016-2017

  • October 2, 2016 [Brahms Festival I: Johannes, Clara and Robert]

Chamber Strings

J. Brahms, Geistliches Lied, Op.30 [with GT Choirs]
C. Schumann, Konzertsatz in f minor
[Riley Osborn, piano; 2015 GTSO Concerto Competition Honorable Mention]

GTSO & GT Choirs

J. Brahms, Alto Rhapsody [Mezzo-Soprano, Sarah Klopfenstein]

 

 

  • October 4, 2016 [Brahms Festival II: Johannes, Richard and Felix]

GTSO

R. Wagner, Prelude to Die Meistersinger
F. Mendelssohn, Symphony No.4 “Italian”
J. Brahms, Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor
[Yury Park, piano; winner of 2015 GTSO Concerto Competition]

 

 

  • November 13, 2016 [Concerto Night]

Chamber Strings

W.A. Mozart, Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor, K. 486
J. S. Bach, Violin Concerto No.2 in E major, BWV 1042, mvt. I [Kyumin Lee, violin]
A. Glazunov, Saxophone Concerto [Adam W Fultz, saxophone]
F. Geminiani, Concerto Gross “La Follia”
E. Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite No.1

 

  • November 15, 2016 [Romantic Masters III: From the New World]

GTSO

A. Dvorak, Slavonic Dance in C major, Op. 46 No.1
A. Dvorak, Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No.2
A. Dvorak, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104 [Ismail Akbar, cello]
A. Dvorak, Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95

 

  • December 1, 2016 [Holiday Pops]

Chamber Strings

Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Strauss, Pizzicato Polka
Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on Greensleeves
Vivaldi, Winter [Violin: John Irrera]
Anderson, Sleigh Ride

Chamber Strings & Chorale

Snyder (arr.), A Festive Christmas Celebration (Medley)
Bennett (arr.), White Christmas
Handel, Hallelujah

 

  • February 14, 2017 [Home Coming]

 

W. A. Mozart, Overture to Don Giovanni
Sung-Jen Hsu, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, “Pounding Rain”
[Timothy Hsu, Piano] [US Premiere]
P. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op. 74, “Pathétique

 

  • March 16, 2017 [Chamber Strings & Chorale III: Beethoven and Friends]

Chamber Strings

F. Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture
G. Tartini “Devils Trill” Sonata [Jun-Ching Lin, Violin]
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No.8 in F major, Op.93

 

Chamber Strings & Chorale

Faure, Cantique de Jean Racine
A. Mozart, Kyrie in D, K.341

 

  • April 11, 2017 [Eroica in America]

GTSO

L. Bernstein, Overture to Candide
Jennifer Higdon, Oboe Concerto (Georgia Premiere) [Elizabeth Tiscione, Oboe]
C. Ives, The Unanswered Question
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No.3 in E flat major, Op.55 “Eroica”

 

  • April 18, 2017 [Voyage]

Chamber Strings

B. Smenata, The Moldau
F. Haydn, Symphony No.45 in F sharp minor, “Farewell”

 


 

 

2015-2016

  • September 27, 2015 [Sibelius Festival]

Chamber Strings

J. Sibelius, Romance in C, op.42
J. Sibelius, Arioso [Elisabeth Slaten, soprano]
J. Sibelius, Rakastava Suite mvts. I & II
J. Sibelius, Canzonetta, op.62

GTSO, Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, Chorale

J. Sibelius, Onward, Ye Peoples!

GTSO

J. Sibelius, Valse Triste
J. Sibelius, Violin Concerto [Jun-Ching Lin, violin]

  • November 5, 2015 [Rachmaninoff Second]

GTSO

A. Dvorak, Symphony No.8
S. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2 [Sandra Wright Shen, piano]

  • November 22, 2015 [Chamber Strings & Chorale II: Beethoven and Friends]

Chamber Strings & Chorale

W. A. Mozart, Ave Verum Corpus, K.618

Chamber Strings

L. v. Beethoven, Egmont Overture
L. v. Beethoven, Symphony No.7 in A major, Op.92

  • November 23, 2015 [Orchestra Pops]

GTSO & Glee Club

Beatles Medley

GTSO & Cecil Welch

H. Mancini, Charade
H. Mancini, Mr. Lucky
H. Mancini, The Spanish Trumpet
H. Mancini, Baby Elephant Walk
H. Mancini, Pink Panther
H. Mancini, Days of Wine and Roses
H. Mancini, Moon River
(Encore) H. Mancini, Peter Gunn

  • February 28, 2016 [Romantic Masters II–Meet Brahms]

GTSO

J. Strauss Jr., Die Fledermause Overture
C. v. Weber, Concertino for Clarinet [Ted Gurch, Clarinet]
J. Brahms, Symphony No.2

  • February 29, 2016 [Feeling Blue]

Chamber Strings

Ney Rosauro, Marimba Concerto [Andy Chen, marimba; 2nd prize winner, 2014 GTSO Concerto Competition]
Holly Harrison, FiddleStick! [US Premiere]
I. Stravinsky, Ragtime for 11 instruments

  • March 17, 2016 [Romance]

GTSO

G. Fauré, Pavane
J. Sibelius, Valse Triste
C. M. von Weber, Concertino for Clarinet [Richard Li, clarinet]
E. Elgar, Salut d’amore
C. Saint-Säens, Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op.28 [Nathan Holiday, violin]
M. Ravel, Pavane
J. Brahms, Symphony No.2 in D major, Op.73, mvt. III
R. Wagner, Siegfried Idyll
P. Mascagni, Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

  • April 17, 2016 [Musica Nova]

GTSO

S. Barber, First Essay, Op.12
New Commissions
Jerry Ulrich, Requiem [with GT choirs] [Georgia Premiere]

  • April 18, 2016 [Romantic Night]

Chamber Strings

P. Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings
E. Elgar, Chanson de Matin
M. Ravel, Pavane
M. Ravel, Ma Mère l’Oye

 


2014-2015

  • November 4, 2014

Chamber Strings
A. Vivaldi, Concerto for Strings in D, RV 121
J. Jarret, Meditation
J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No.3

GTSO
G. Bizet, L’Arlésinne Suite No.1
M. Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 (Pete Ciaschini, violin)
P. Tchaikovksy, Symphony No.5 in E minor, op.64 (mvt. IV)

  • March 1, 2015

GTSO
F. Mendelssohn, Symphony No.2, “Lobgesang” (with GT choirs)

  • March 10, 2015

Chamber Strings
F. Hensel (nee Mendelssohn), “Allegretto” from String Quartet in E flat

Chamber Strings & Chorale
L. van Beethoven, Elegischer Gesang, Op.118
Hsin-Lei Chen, Novel Sphere (US premiere)

  • April 16, 2015

G. Verdi, Overture to Nabucco
R. 
Strauss, Horn Concerto No.1 op.11, mvt. III (Horn: Alex Lind, winner of the 2014 GTSO Concerto Competition)
G. Puccini, Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
G. Puccini, Act I Finale from La Bohème (soprano: Elisabeth Slaten; tenor: Nathan Munson)

 


 

2013-2014

  • November 10, 2013

A. Copland, Our Town
L. Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
M. Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition

  • February 23, 2014

J. Brahms, Schicksalslied
J. Brahms, Piano Concerto No. 2 mvt. I (Piano: Yitian Xiao, Concerto Competition winner)

  • April 13, 2014

M. Giacchino: Star Trek
Duke Ellington, Three Black Kings
R. Strauss: Serenade in E-Flat Op. 7
E. Grieg: Holberg Suite

 


 

2012-2013

  • November 8, 2012

D. Shostakovich, Festive Overture
S. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto No. 2 (Piano: Crystal Chao, Concerto Competition Winner)
J. Sibelius, Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 43

  • February 24, 2013

M. Bates, Mothership
A. Hovhaness, Symphony No. 2 “Mysterious Mountain”
B. Smetana, The Moldau

  • April 21, 2013

O. Carl Orff, O, Fortuna
W. Mozart, Lacrimosa from “Requiem”
John Williams, Hymn to the Fallen
L. Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
R. Newman, When She Loved me
John Williams, Star Wars Main Title
Elton John, Circle of Life
E. Elgar, Nimrod
John Williams, Dry Your Tears
P. Tchaikovsky, 1812 Overture

 

2011-2012

  • November 6, 2011

L. Beethoven, Egmont Overture, op. 84
F. Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op. 11, mvt. I (Piano: Jesse Zhao, Concerto Competition Winner )
A. Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From The New World”

  • February 21, 2012

G. Gershwin, An American in Paris
H. Hanson, Symphony No. 2
Collaborations with the Jazz band

  • April 22, 2012

Christopher Theofanidis, The Here and Now
Gil Weinberg, N-400 (featuring GT’s robotic musician, “Shimon”)
Student composition, Fus Ro Dah (featuring dueling choirs and the GTSO on video game themes)

Orchestras will meet on Monday/Wednesday for the Fall 2020 semester.

Symphony Orchestra – MUSI 3611 SO:  MW 11:00 – 12:15

Concert Orchestra – MUSI 3611 CO: MW 12:30 – 13:45

Instrument Rentals, Storage and Practice Rooms

For instrument rental, please complete the form at our marketplace site.

School owned wind and percussion instruments can be signed out with a rental fee of $25/semester.
Contact Professor Diden if you have any questions.

The school of music has several string basses for rent for a rental fee of $25/semester.
Contact Dr. Ting to request a rental.

For information about renting any other string instruments, please contact Ronald Sachs Violins.

 

Lockers and practice room access charges are $15/per semester.
Locker Rentals
Practice Room Access 

PLEASE NOTE THE MATERIALS BELOW IS ONLY FOR YOUR REFERENCE. RULES ABOUT THE 2020-21 CONCERTO COMPETITION WILL BE POSTED IN DECEMBER, 2020. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

2019-20 GTSO CONCERTO COMPETITION

Saturday February 1, 2020. West Village Concert Hall (Rm 175)

 

Eligibility:
Students currently enrolled in the Georgia Institute of Technology are eligible to compete. Previous winners are not eligible to compete.

Instruments:
Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano and Voice

Judges:
The panel will consist of impartial musicians from the state of Georgia with expertise in strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano and voice.

Musical Compositions:
● Instrumental and Piano Competitors:
One movement, or equivalent (not to exceed 15 minutes), of a work with a legitimate orchestral accompaniment (such as a concerto).

● Voice Competitors:
A song cycle or solo operatic scene(s) with orchestral accompaniment (not to exceed 15 minutes, total).

● Double Concertos:
One movement, or equivalent (not to exceed 15 minutes), of a work with a legitimate orchestral accompaniment (such as a concerto).

Audition:
● All competition music must be accompanied by a piano reduction of the orchestral score. A pianist will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring in your own pianist. To use the onsite pianist, you must indicate it on your online registration, and submit a piano/solo score to the Music Office (Couch 109) by Tuesday January 7, 2020 at noon (12pm). There will be a short (10-15min) rehearsal with the pianist on a separate day prior to the competition date.

●  Memorization for both audition and performance is at the discretion of the performer, though it is strongly encouraged.

● Cadenzas must be performed in full.

● Applicants must provide a piano score for the judges on the day of the competition.

● Each performer and accompanist should report to the audition site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time. Performers should dress appropriately.

Selection of Winners:
Students will be judged on overall musicianship, technical proficiency, and the ability to perform comfortably with an orchestra. When choosing competition selections, the degree of difficulty should be tempered by the competitor’s ease of performance. Works selected are subject to approval by the Orchestra Director. In the case of costly repertoire, the Orchestra Director may request the student perform an alternate selection.

The winner will have an opportunity to perform the chosen selection with the GTSO during the following academic year (2020-21). Runners-up might have the opportunity to perform with the Chamber Orchestra (not guaranteed), based on the discretion of the Orchestra Director. Internship and co-ops will be taken into consideration.

GTSO Rehearsals:
Monday / Wednesday 11:00-12:15 pm

Application:

You must complete the online application by  SUNDAY JAN. 5, 2020 @ 11:59PM.

For any questions, please contact Professor Chaowen Ting, Director of Orchestral Studies, at cting@music.gatech.edu

The Orchestras are open to all Georgia Tech students by audition.

String auditions are held during the first week of the fall semester. Players are placed in the Concert Orchestra or Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) according to the audition results. Membership is granted for the entire year. Spring auditions are for those who didn't participate in the fall semester, those who wish to audition for principal positions with the GTSO or to change their ensemble placement.

All wind players audition together at the beginning of each semester, and are placed into the Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band. You will be able to indicate your preference and academic conflicts. Wind players participating in both orchestras during the fall semester have priority for the following spring semester and might be exempted from auditions if approved by the director.

 

Watch concert videos at our YouTube Channel: Georgia Tech Orchestras

Follow the GTSO on Facebook

Are there scholarships available for ensemble participation?

Since there is no degree in music performance at Georgia Tech, there is no music scholarship available for incoming freshman for ensemble participation. However, there are other opportunities offered to students who dedicate their time and energy to the ensemble program.

The Marching Band offers various stipends for student leadership positions. The Music Minor Degree Program offers, in a sense, music scholarships by funding lessons. The scholarships for music minors are “indirect.” This means that those students accepted into the minor program do not pay for the 3 required semesters of applied lessons. Acceptance into the program is based on audition and approved by a faculty committee.

The John Evan Kelley Music Award Endowment Fund proceeds are utilized at the discretion of the Band Directors to provide scholarships, awards and/or monetary support for travel for dedicated members of the Georgia Tech Bands (Symphonic, Concert and Marching Bands). Scholarship and award candidates must apply, perform an audition, and meet other more specific academic and musical criteria. One-time awards and travel support allocations are disbursed at the discretion of the band directors.

The Kelley Family Music Scholarship Fund proceeds are utilized in two ways. A scholarship is awarded to provide financial support for a gifted pianist to work within the choral program as an accompanist. Other scholarships are awarded to outstanding dedicated students within the instrumental program. These scholarships, when available, may be renewable based upon audition requirements, academic, and musical criteria.

 

I’m a freshman/transfer student/new graduate student/returning student at GT. How can I join the orchestra?

The GT orchestras are open to all students at GT by audition.

String auditions are held during the first week of the fall semester and players are placed in Chamber Orchestra or Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) according to the audition results. Spring auditions are only for those who wish to audition for principal positions with the GTSO, to change the ensemble placement, and those who did not participate in the fall. More information can be found here.

All wind players audition together at the beginning of each semester and are placed into Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band. You will be able to indicate your preference and academic conflicts. Wind players participating in both orchestras during the fall semester have priority for the following spring semester and might be exempted from auditions if approved by the director. More information can be found here.

Audition information:

Orchestra Winds Audition Information

Orchestra Strings audition information

 

What does it cost?

Possible costs to participate in the orchestras are:

  • Instrument rental is $25 per semester.
  • Instrument lockers are located in the Couch Building (room 103) and may be rented at a cost of $15 per semester.
  • Orchestra Club due is $20 per semester; or $35 for a year.

*Please clink on the links for the online forms**

 

Is orchestra a class or a student club?

It’s both. All players MUST register for the class, while the students also join the club. The officers are the ones keeping the ensemble running–they prepare music and folders, set up for rehearsals and concerts, provide concert reception, promote our concerts, and other social activities.

 

What do I do if I have a scheduling conflict with the orchestra?

If you have tried everything to avoid a conflict with an ensemble rehearsal, but cannot find a way around your scheduling problem, please contact Prof. Chaowen Ting. Registration override is often granted while the student is required to make up the missed rehearsal time.

For registration override, please:

1. Register for your other course.

2. Email Prof. Ting and provide your GTID and the Orchestra CRN that you want to register.

3. After the override is granted, you must try to re-register for orchestra.

 

Should I wait?

Some students decide to wait “until they get their feet on the ground” before becoming involved. Most will become involved in other activities and not come back to music. They miss the very supportive elements that make a successful academic career: diverse experiences, positive social interactions and confidence building through team and individual effort. The proof is in the research: music students do better in school.

 

When do orchestras rehearse?

Concert Orchestra: M/W 12:30-1:45

Symphony Orchestra: M/W 11:00-12:15

 

Can I receive private lessons at GT?

Only Music Minor students might receive lessons through the school. However, many GT students still arrange private lessons with local teachers as schedule allows. Such arrangement would be between the teacher(s) and the student(s).

 

Still have questions?

Contact Dr. Chaowen Ting with any question that you might have!

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