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Skule™ Orchestra

About the Orchestra

Welcome to the orchestra! Skule™ Orchestra is a 50 member symphonic orchestra of string, wind, and percussion instrumentalists. The orchestra is a place for students to have fun performing challenging repertoire ranging from Mozart to Mahler. We hold weekly rehearsals and various exciting events during the year, including concerts, a clinic, trips to local music events, socials, and Moment, the Valentine's Ball. There's a lot of opportunity to meet fun people with a shared interest in music. If you played an instrument in high school, this could be the ensemble for you!

Joining the Orchestra

The orchestra rehearses on Mondays from 7:00 to 9 PM in GB 204. We hold auditions in September to select performing members, and we take on additional members through the year as necessary. We especially need more French horn, viola, cello, and bass players. For more information, contact us.

Events

If you don't play an instrument, but enjoy music, make sure you come to our exciting events during the year, including:

  • Skule Music Concert, our joint concert presented with the other Skule Music ensembles
  • Moment, the Valentine's Ball, on February 13. Featuring live waltzes, a dance lesson, and sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, it's an event not to be missed!
  • Symphonic Boom, our year-end concert, a spectacular finale to the season

See you there!

History

The orchestra was founded in 2006 as the Skule™ Chamber Orchestra by Geoffrey Siu, Walter Chan, and David Lee, as a place for students who played a wind or string instrument in high school to continue their musical pursuits. With help and financial assistance from the Engineering Society, the Alumni Association, the Division of Engineering Science, and the office of the Vice Dean Prof. Evans, the orchestra came to life. Over forty members showed up to the first rehearsal - and kept coming back - forcing the name of the ensemble to be changed to Skule™ Orchestra.

The orchestra's first event was Skule™ Music Concert at the J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building, which attracted hundreds of students, staff, and faculty. Later in the year, Dr. Wayne Jeffreys, a professional musician from Vancouver, visited the orchestra to conduct a clinic, and the orchestra finished the year with a spectacular Symphonic Boom.

In its second year, the orchestra looked to integrate itself more into the engineering community by hosting a unique new event called Moment, the Valentine's Ball. Held in Hart House Great Hall, Moment featured live waltzes from the orchestra, sumptuos hors d'oeuvres, and professional dance instruction, and was a grand success.

As the orchestra progresses, we look forward to playing more exciting repertoire, hosting exciting new events, and helping engineers meet each other and enjoy making great music.

Naxos Music Library

All U of T students have free access to the Naxos Music Library, a huge online collection of thousands of CD's of mostly classical music. Check it out!