August 21, 2006
Auditions for the sixth season of the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra have been scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m., in the lower level of Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University.
The call for auditions was made by Dr. Jim Hansford, professor of music at OBU and conductor of the orchestra since its inception.
Interested musicians should be prepared to play an appropriate excerpt of a solo or an etude to demonstrate skills. Each participant also will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt of music.
Openings are available in all sections of the orchestra are available. String players are especially encouraged to audition. Returning wind and percussion players do not need to re-audition.
Members of the MacArthur Quartet, a graduate string quartet in joint residence at the University of Oklahoma and OBU, will conduct the string auditions. Members of the quartet serve as the principle string players in the SCO and are available to teach OBU students and others who are members of the ensemble.
The MacArthur Quartet includes Rachel White and Ana Maria Wilson, violin; Suzanna Turpin, viola; and Stephanie Fresonke, cello. All four are pursuing either master’s or doctoral degrees in performance at OU.
About half of the more than 50 ensemble members come from the surrounding region including McLoud, Ada, Chandler, Norman, Oklahoma City, Tecumseh, Choctaw, Edmond and Shawnee. Other remaining members are OBU students, including many music majors.
“The membership of the group is quite diverse including doctors, educators, homemakers, retired military, an auto mechanic and students ranging in age from 15 to 80 years,” said Hansford. “The beautiful thing about musical skill is that one can utilize and enjoy it for a lifetime.”
The community orchestra was organized in the fall of 2001 with the assistance of a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation in Oklahoma City. The grant became a reality through the work of Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. The grant provided the funds necessary to form a graduate string quartet which is shared jointly by OU and OBU. In recent years, corporate and private donors in the Shawnee area have supported the ensemble with generous gifts.
Regular rehearsals are scheduled on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the instrumental rehearsal hall Raley Chapel 104. The first rehearsal will be September 11. For further information, contact Hansford at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (405) 878-2307.