The Marywood University Symphony Orchestra

The Marywood University Symphony Orchestra is open to all Marywood students, regardless of major, as well as to select pre-college students and members of the greater community with previous instrumental experience. We take great pride in being a welcoming and inclusive orchestra that serves as a hub for interactions between music majors, non-music majors, high school students, local music teachers, and community members. You will meet both life-long friends and professional contacts by playing with The Marywood Symphony Orchestra. 

Our orchestra experience is designed to equip Music Education, Music Therapy, Music Performance, and Arts Administration majors with the real-world skills needed to be successful in their fields. The Marywood Symphony Orchestra actively strives to create experiences which will enhance the education of its Music Therapy and Arts Administration students as well as its Performance and Music Education students. For example, in the Spring of 2021, The Marywood Symphony Orchestra will collaborate with the Marywood Music Therapy Program to present a Music and Healing concert, designed to combine techniques in Music Therapy and Orchestral Performance for a live audience. 

Each semester the programming is determined based on the needs of the students at that time, and students will experience not only large-ensemble rehearsals, but also small sectionals, group work, aleatoric improvisation, early music performance practice, and some popular styles including film scores. Due to our liberal-arts orientation, The Marywood Symphony Orchestra is able to customize to the needs of the students at that time, and students are afforded a tremendous amount of opportunity to learn and grow from the moment they set foot on campus as a first-year student. 

Our repertoire has included:

Standard Core Repertoire, New Music, and Early Music Including:

           Symphony No. 1 in C Major - Beethoven

Symphony No. 3 in D Major - Schubert

           Symphony No. 2 in D Major - Chevalier de Saint-George

           Prometheus Overture - Beethoven

           Cortège de Bacchus - Delibes

           Cumbia y Congo - Still

           Canzon Noni Toni - Gabrieli

           Rain on a Tin Roof - Gimon

           Three Pieces in Old Style - Gorecki    

And Collaborations with Student Concerto Soloists and The Marywood University Concert Choir

            A Child of Our Time – Tippett

            Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major – Mozart

            Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major – Mozart 

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 6:45 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 Prof. Evan Harger, Director of Orchestral Activities at eharger@maryu.marywood.edu

Meet the Director:

Photo of Director Evan Harger

Evan Harger is Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Music at Marywood University where he supervises all aspects of the orchestra program. Additionally, he teaches courses in music history, world music, conducting, and other subjects. In the summers, Evan serves as the Associate conductor for the Maryland Chamber Winds. For two seasons, he has worked as a producer for the organization, and was a co-producer for the ensemble's debut album Preludes and Recitations.

An active guest conductor and educator, Harger has worked with the Oregon Mozart Players, the Michigan State Concert Orchestra, the St. Petersburg State Symphony, the Maryland Chamber Winds, the Riverside Chamber Symphony, the University of Oregon Campus Orchestra, the Marywood University String Celebration Chamber Orchestra, and the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts.