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Lab Orchestra

Swarthmore College Lab Orchestra

The Lab Orchestra is a student chamber orchestra led by advanced conducting students. Student conductors rehearse the group once a week, coached by Andrew Hauze. The Lab Orchestra is a part of the Fetter Chamber Music Program, and performs each semester on one of the Fetter Chamber Music Concerts. The Lab Orchestra has also performed at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and works regularly with our Featured Artists, including coachings and performances with the Jasper String Quartet and violinist David Kim.

Students may become eligible to conduct the Lab Orchestra after having taken Music 18 (Conducting and Orchestration) and with permission of Prof. Hauze, with whom eligible students continue to study conducting independently. Students interested in studying conducting at Swarthmore are encouraged to contact Prof. Hauze.

Lab Orchestra repertoire, 2016-2022

Fall 2016

Conductors: Aaron Slepoi '17 and Andrew Kim '18

Holst, St. Paul's Suite

Debussy, Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane (Amelia Erskine '17, soloist)

Schreker, Intermezzo

Finzi, Eclogue (Iris Chan '17, soloist)

Holst, St. Paul's Suite

Spring 2017

Mozart, Symphony no. 29

Wagner, Siegfried Idyll

Fall 2017

Conductors: Andrew Kim '18, Shira Samuels-Shragg '20

Featuring the Jasper String Quartet

Elgar, Introduction and Allegro

Vivaldi, "Winter" from The Four Seasons

Corelli, "Christmas" Concerto (op. 6, no. 8)

Spring 2018

Featuring David Kim, violin

Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042

Haydn, Symphony no. 44

Fall 2018

Conductor: Shira Samuels-Shragg

Barber, Adagio for Strings

Adam, excerpts from Giselle (with student dancers)

Spring 2019

Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf

Fall 2019

Whitman, Cassandra (premiere of a new opera)

Fall 2021

Conductors: Quincy Ponvert, Andy Zhang

Featuring the Jasper String Quartet

Grieg, Holberg  Suite

Elgar, Introduction and Allegro 

Spring 2022

Copland, Appalachian Spring Suite

Fall 2022

Conductors: Quincy Ponvert '22, Kielor Tung '24, and Kai Williams '23

Still, Danzas de Panama

Walker, Lyric for Strings

Spring 2023

Conductors: Quincy Ponvert '22 and Kielor Tung '24

Elgar, Serenade for Strings

Wagner, Siegfried Idyll

Photo by Photo by Emily Hauze '04
Photo by Photo by Emily Hauze '04
Photo by Photo by Emily Hauze '04
Photo / Photo by Emily Hauze '04
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