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About the Orchestra

Welcome to the orchestra! Skule™ Orchestra is a 60 member symphonic orchestra of string, wind, and percussion instrumentalists. The orchestra is a place for students to have fun performing challenging repertoire ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles. 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 - we have members from all around the university community. If you played an instrument in high school, this could be the ensemble for you!

Joining the Orchestra

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the orchestra will rehearse on Mondays from 6:45 to 9:30 PM. Rehearsals will take place on the 5th floor of 256 McCaul Street. Find us at the UTSU and Engineering Clubs Fair on September 7th, and join us for our open rehearsal on September 12th! Sign up for auditions here. 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:

  • Pops Concert: Our lighthearted season debut, featuring music from TV, movies, and musicals, as well as well-known classics.
  • Moment, the Valentine's Ball: Featuring live waltzes, a dance lesson, and delightful desserts, it's an event not to be missed!
  • Symphonic Boom: Our year-end concert, a spectacular finale to the season.

For more information and dates, check out the Skule™ Music Events Calendar.

Concerto Competition

Applications for the 2017-2018 Skule Orchestra Concerto Competition are now open! If you are interested in performing a solo work with the orchestra, click here for more information!

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, sumptuous hors d'oeuvres, and professional dance instruction, and was a grand success. In 2009, the orchestra performed with world-famous soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and acclaimed conductor Julian Kuerti in the Engineering Science 75th Anniversary Concert.

In recent years, the orchestra has participated in a number of exciting events. In 2013, the orchestra was asked to perform at the Formula North Gala. The orchestra has hosted coffee houses, providing a venue for members to perform chamber pieces or solos in a relaxed, social environment. The number of social events the orchestra hosts has also continued to grow. In recent years, the orchestra has attended numerous TSO performances, and has hosted beach days, picnics, and monthly pub nights after rehearsals.

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!

Skule™ Orchestra Events

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