The Swarthmore College Orchestra, directed by Andrew Hauze '04, rehearses on Thursday nights from 7:00-10:00 in Lang Concert Hall, and performs a full concert at the end of each semester. Made up of more than sixty musicians, most SCO members are Swarthmore students, supplemented by members of the faculty, staff, community, and local professionals.
With a repertoire [pdf] ranging from Purcell to Pärt, the Orchestra is dedicated to bringing great orchestral works to the Swarthmore campus. We are committed to a deep and vital exploration of this powerful, communal form of music-making. The Orchestra also holds a student concerto competition each year: the winner of the competition performs a concerto movement with the orchestra at the spring concert. We regularly welcome internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, and take field trips to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra.