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General Guidelines: Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and Hopkins Symphony Concert Orchestra

  Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Hopkins Symphony Concert Orchestra
Conductor Jed Gaylin Blair Skinner
Performances/year 4 Symphonic & 1 Family Concert 3 partial concerts
Rehearsals 8/concert
Most Monday evenings, some Thursday evenings, and a few Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.
4-5 per concert
Saturday and Sunday afternoons, plus a late Sunday morning dress rehearsal.
Concert times Saturdays at 8pm,
Family Concert on a Sunday afternoon
Sunday afternoons
Rehearsal and concert venues Shriver Hall SDS Room (Mattin Arts Center) and
Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center
Repertoire Standard and contemporary symphonic literature, a concerto at most concerts, some opera and oratorio. Most seasons include a world premiere.
Symphonic repertoire
Concerts by season
Standard and contemporary orchestral and small-ensemble repertoire. Typically one concert per years is strings-only repertoire.
Concert repertoire
Concerts by season
Ensemble size 75-110 35-55
Admission By audition only, each September. Acceptance into the symphony is very competitive, and is more selective than for the concert orchestra. Mid-season admission is extremely rare. Musicians accepted into the symphony orchestra are welcome also to play in the concert orchestra. By audition only, usually in September. Mid-season auditions may be arranged on an as-needed basis. The concert orchestra is less selective than the symphony. Musicians accepted only into the concert orchestra are not permitted to play in the symphony orchestra unless they reaudition successfully.
Required commitment Most concerts each season; at least 6 of 8 rehearsals per concert. Sign up for 1 concert at a time; try to attend all rehearsals.
Concert dress Ladies: long black (long black dress, or black blouse and black slacks/long black skirt).
Gentlemen: black tuxedo or suit, white shirt, black bow tie.
Ladies: long black (long black dress, or black blouse and black slacks/long black skirt).
Gentlemen: black shirt, black slacks.
Membership for both orchestras Open to JHU undergraduate and graduate students from all schools except the Peabody Conservatory; JHU faculty, staff, alumnae/i; and community musicians. Qualified JHU undergraduates are given first priority for admission.
Small chamber ensembles Musicians may form an independent small chamber group, receive coaching, and, if they wish, audition to perform at an HSO chamber concert. About half of each chamber concert is devoted to small-ensemble works, and half to the concert orchestra.
HSO Concerto Competition Bi-annual competition open to all JHU undergraduate and graduate students not majoring in music. The prize is a performance with the orchestra.