Orchestra & String Ensemble

Orchestra & String Ensemble

Orchestra & String Ensemble

University Orchestra
Salvatore Scarpa, Conductor

This full-sized orchestra performs concerts of the standard repertoire, Young Peoples Concerts, and a Pops concert. The group also sponsors an annual soloist competition. Membership is open to University students and members of the community by formal audition.

String Ensemble
Timothy Schwarz, Director

The String Ensemble offers a specialized performing opportunity for those playing the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Interested students should contact the ensemble conductor (schwarzt@rowan.edu).

The 2017-18 Season features compositions that are inspired by Social Justice. Three composers performed during this season—Kareem Roustom, Asturo Rodriguez, and Jessie Montgomery—write in styles which reflect their Syrian, Mexican, and African American heritage. All three have been outspoken about the need to be inclusive of all people in society, especially the musical society. While Antonio Vivaldi is best known for his wonderful compositions and violin virtuosity, he was also a Catholic Priest, and ran a girl’s orphanage in Italy, for which he wrote many of his concertos. Finally, composer Dmitri Shostakovich is a strong reminder of what happens when social justice does not win- his Chamber Symphony (String Quartet No. 8) is a haunting and devastating work.

The 2017-18 season will also feature guest speakers, the 2018 String Ensemble Concerto Competition Winner, and the winning ensemble of the 2018 Rowan String Festival.

“Music is my connection to the world. It guides me to understand my place in relation to others and challenges me to make clear the things I do not understand. I imagine that music is a meeting place at which all people can converse about their unique differences and common stories.”  -Jessie Montgomery

Remembering the Past—Anticipating the Future

Sunday, November 5, 2017, 7:00 pm, Pfleeger Auditorium


Kareem Roustom: Dabke

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos and String Orchestra

            -Michal Schmidt and Lawrence Stomberg, cello soloists

Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a

Thinking (Way) Outside the Box

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7:00 pm, Pfleeger Auditorium


Arturo Rodriguez: Introducción, Canción de Cuna y Fiesta 

Jessie Montgomery: Voodoo Dolls

Also featuring winners of the 2018 Concerto Competition and Rowan String Festival