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Marywood University Symphony Orchestra
The Marywood University Symphony Orchestra is open to all Marywood students, regardless of major, as well as to talented pre-college students and members of the greater community with previous instrumental experience by audition. The orchestra performs a broad range of repertoire; highlights from past seasons include:
Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 - Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 - Schubert
Night on Bald Mountain - Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel)
An American in Paris - Gershwin
Danzon No. 2 - Arturo Marquez
Overture the “The Magic Flute” – Mozart
Overture to “The Italian Girl in Algiers” - Rossini
Karelia Suite – Sibelius
Overture to Der Freischutz - Weber
Estampas Mexicanas - Elizondo
The Marywood University Concerto Competition is held each November during the Fall semester. The winner of the competition is featured on the orchestra’s spring concert. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts.
For further information:
If you are interested in joining the orchestra or would like more information about the ensemble, please contact Dr. Brenda Leach, Director of Orchestral Activities at email@example.com.
Meet the Director:
Brenda Lynne Leach has received rave reviews as a dynamic and versatile conductor both in the USA and abroad. One reviewer wrote, “Her musical energy reflects her personality – passionate and full of life!” She has performed extensively in France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Russia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Latvia, Ukraine and the USA.
Conducting engagements have taken her from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to the St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall in Russia. Ms. Leach has appeared as a Guest Conductor with orchestras including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, the Bostonian Opera and Chamber Ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Kaliningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Karelia State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), the Varna State Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shumen Philharmonic, and the Pleven Philharmonia (Bulgaria) to name a few.
She has performed in numerous prestigious music festivals as conductor and featured artist including those at Interlochen and Chautauqua, as well as internationally at the David Oistrahhi Festival (Estonia), the Madara Summer Music Festival (Bulgaria), the Safanov International Music Festival (Russia) and the Boston-St. Petersburg Festival (USA).
In the Boston area, Dr. Leach served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Boston Chamber Orchestra, a professional ensemble devoted to the performance of both classical repertoire and new music. The Boston Globe wrote, “The Boston Chamber Orchestra played beautifully for conductor, Brenda Lynne Leach.”