College Symphony Orchestra captures American Prize

The Grove City College Symphony Orchestra captured third place in its division for 2023 The American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

The College’s orchestra is made up of approximately 80 students from all majors and conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Tedford ’00, professor and chair of the Department of Music.

“I am so proud of our students in the Symphony Orchestra for their outstanding work and contributions toward this award and their continued dedication to excellence,” Tedford said. “Competing against some standout orchestras from elite institutions like Cornell and Concordia University is a quite a feat for us.”

The ensemble earned its award for performances recorded during the spring of 2022. Included in those recordings were: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, movement 1, “Danse Bacchanale” from Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah, and Elmer Bernstein’s “The Magnificent Seven” symphonic suite.  The Symphony Orchestra is the largest orchestra on campus and performs classical, modern, and new works. It competed in the College/University Smaller Program division for the 2023 calendar year which required submission in late 2022.

The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts highlight the best in musical and theatrical performances at all levels, from schools and churches to community and professional efforts. “With absolutely no bias against small city versus large, or well-known artist versus unknown, The American Prize seeks to recognize and reward the best America produces,” the organization states.

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College Symphony Orchestra captures American Prize

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