The Grove City College Department of Music presents the College Orchestra’s annual Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus.
The concert features winners of the College’s Concerto/Aria Competition, student conductors and high school musicians from Butler and Seneca Valley. It is free and open to the public.
The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Jeffrey M. Tedford ’00, associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of Music.
“I am so proud of the hard work that our soloists, student conductors, and student musicians have put into this concert. The audience is going to enjoy the variety and see the talent that exists among the student body at Grove City College,” Tedford said.
Concerto/Aria Competition winners soprano Callie Roberts ’19 and Meredith Stratton ’19 will perform during the concert. Roberts, a soprano, will sing “Ain’t It a Pretty Night” from Carlisle Floyd’s “Susannah,” and Stratton, an oboist, will perform the first movement of Vaughan-Williams’ Concerto for Oboe and Strings.
During the concert, Tedford will hand over the baton to three students who have been engaged in an independent study of orchestral conducting. Maria Berezny ’19 will conduct the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 “Miracle.” Brandon Johnson ’19 will conduct “Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. Anna Shoenthal ’19 will conduct Copland’s “Hoe-down” from “Rodeo” and “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from “Appalachian Spring.
The concert will also include the orchestras from Butler High School and Seneca Valley High School, who will join the Grove City College Strings for three selections. “I love the opportunity to work with high school students and collaborate with my fellow directors. This is a great opportunity for our students and the high school students to work to produce great music and build relationships as they work toward excellence in music,” Tedford said.
The concert will be broadcast live on the campus FM station WSAJ 91.1 “The One.”