Frequently asked Questions:
What if orchestra conflicts with another class time?
Sometimes you won't have a choice and a class will conflict with orchestra rehearsal time. But don't give up hope! First, try to get into another section of the course, or find a different lab time.. If that doesn't work, contact the conductor directly. If we are able to come up with a solution -- a compromise -- we can sign an override form you could play in orchestra. Keep this option in mind!
What if the class conflict is with a Common Exam. You can't work around that, can you?
Actually, YES, we can work around that! Even though the Chemistry Common Exam and Monday evening rehearsals are in direct conflict with each other, we have made a special arrangement with the Chemistry Department whereby orchestra members take the test early, then get to rehearsal only a little late. Better yet, during the Covid year common exams because virtual events, so they might continue that way. However, it turns out, the key is to contact me when you learn of the conflict; then we can complete the override form and we're good!
What's this about getting General Education credit for playing in orchestra?
You heard right! Take three semesters of orchestra and it will count as your Humanities Non-Literature requirement in General Education. Easy-peasy!
Can I minor in music?
Yes, you can -- BUT -- you have to formally change it with the university before you start junior year. The major is comprised of four semesters of lessons and four semesters of large ensemble. Add to that Music Theory and Aural Skills I (MUSC 1420 and 1430), a Music History course (MUSC 4150 or 4160) and one 3xxx or 4xxx MUSC course. Visit the Music Minor page for more information.
What do I wear for orchestra concerts?
Very simple: we don't do coats and ties. Men: it's black shoes, socks, pants (not jeans), and a long-sleeved black dress shirt. Women: black dress, pants and blouse, or skirt and blouse (below the knees).