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Swarthmore College Orchestra

Swarthmore College Orchestra

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.

Orchestra Auditions!

We welcome auditions for the Fall Semester of Orchestra! Any student who plays an orchestral instrument is welcome to audition.  Please prepare a 3-4 minute excerpt from your repertoire. (You are welcome to play the same piece that you play for your Music 48 audition, if you're also auditioning for that program). You may also be asked to sight-read a short excerpt from this season's orchestra music. Auditions will be held from September 2-5, and you can sign up here! [Please note that you may have to click the link again once you login to the scheduler, or just search for the calendar for Andrew Hauze.] Please email with any questions.

Fall 2019 Orchestra Repertoire

Beethoven, Coriolan Overture (conducted by Shira Samuels-Shragg '20)

Garrop, Penelope Waits and Pandora Undone

Vaughan Williams, Symphony no. 5 



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.