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Swarthmore College Orchestra

Swarthmore College Orchestra

The Swarthmore College Orchestra, directed by Andrew Hauze '04, rehearses once a week for three hours 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.


Orchestra Auditions!

We welcome auditions for the Fall Semester of Orchestra! Any student who plays an orchestral instrument is welcome to audition.  This semester we will be playing Beethoven's Violin Concerto (with David Kim, the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra), and William Grant Still's Fifth Symphony.

To audition, please prepare any 3-4 minute excerpt from your repertoire. Play anything that you feel comfortable playing and that will give Prof. Hauze a sense of your current level. We will be holding pre-recorded video auditions instead of live auditions for orchestra this year, in order for us to hear everyone before rehearsals begin. You can find full details and submit your video here

If possible, please submit your orchestra audition video by August 30 at 12:00 noon. (Audition videos received after August 30 will still be accepted, but there may not be woodwind or brass seats available in Orchestra after that date.) 

If you are not yet sure if you'd like to join Orchestra, please attend our first rehearsal on Monday, August 30, at 7:00 pm in Lang Concert Hall to learn more about it. It's important to attend the first rehearsal since we won't meet during the second week of classes due to the Labor Day holiday.

Orchestra can be taken for 0.5 credit or 0 credit. Please email with any questions.


Swarthmore College Orchestra, Spring 2017

Swarthmore College Orchestra at their Spring 2017 Concert. Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy.

Swarthmore College Orchestra plays Rimsky-Korsakov

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Swarthmore College Orchestra, November 12, 2017

Swarthmore College Orchestra at their fall 2017 concert. Excerpt from Ethel Smyth's Overture to "The Wreckers."

David Kim soloist with orchestra

David Kim, the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Swarthmore College Orchestra in November, 2017. Mr. Kim is one of our 2017-2018 Featured Artists.

Sounds of Cinema: Cinderella

The closing scene of Cinderella (1922, directed by Lotte Reiniger), performed on April 1, 2017. The score was written for this performance by Swarthmore Professor Thomas Whitman and featured members of the Swarthmore College Orchestra and Orchestra 2001, conducted by Andrew Hauze.