Mansfield University Orchestra and String Ensembles


Mansfield University Orchestra and String Ensembles


Symphony Orchestra

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The Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra – Dr. Jeffrey Jacobsen, Artistic Director and Conductor – is one of the premier performing ensembles at Mansfield University. The ensemble, open to anyone with previous advanced orchestral experience, is comprised of students from the music department and other departments throughout the university as well as community members. An audition process at the beginning of each semester is used to place musicians in appropriate seats within the orchestra. Orchestra performances are held on the MU campus each semester and a tour typically held during the fall semester for as many as three days takes the orchestra off campus for performances in high schools throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra also sponsors the annual Student Solo Competition in the spring semester with the winners of the event featured as soloists with the orchestra on the final concert of the symphony season.

Each year the Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra spends up to four days recording repertoire performed during the year to be included on a promotional CD. The MUSO repertoire list is quite extensive and represents some of the finest orchestral compositions from all major musical periods and many of the world’s greatest composers. The literature selected is designed to prepare each member of the orchestra for further opportunities in the orchestral music field whether that be as a performer in a professional ensemble, as a leader in the classroom, or in anticipation of advanced study at the graduate level.

Mansfield University Symphony Orchestra - Repertoire from 2008

Beethoven

  • Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
  • Leonore (Fidelio) Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
  • Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68
  • Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

Berlioz

  • "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie fantastique
  • Roman Carnival Overture

Bernstein

  • Overture to Candide

Bizet

  • L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2

Borne

  • Fantaisie Brillante sur des airs de Carmen

Brahms

  • Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op 73
  • Tragic Overture

Bruch

  • Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26

Coleridge Taylor

  • Petite Suite de Concert

Copland

  • An Outdoor Overture
  • Hoe Down

Creston

  • Night in Mexico, from Airborne Suite

de Falla

  • Suite No. 1 from The Three Cornered Hat

Dell'Acqua

  • Villanelle

Donizetti

  • Una furtiva lagrima, from L'Elisir d'Amore

Doppler

  • Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise

Dvořák

  • Slavonic Dances, Op. 46
  • Symphony No. 8 in G Major

Elgar

  • Variations on an Original Theme - "Enigma"

Ewazen

  • Concerto for Marimba and Strings

Fauré

  • Pelleas et Mélisande Suite, Op. 80 - Sicilienne

Genin

  • Carnaval de Venice - Fantaisie variée, Op. 14

Gershwin

  • Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra

Glinka

  • Overture to Ruslan & Ludmilla

Grieg

  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
  • Sigurd Jorsalfar Suite

Haydn

  • Symphony No. 99 in Eb Major

Holst

  • The Planets

Kalinnikov

  • Symphony No. 1 in G Minor

Liebermann

  • Concerto for Flute and Orchestra

Liszt

  • Mephisto Waltz No. 1

Mahler

  • Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen

Maroney

  • The Ever-Fixed Mark

Mascagni

  • Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

Massenet

  • Overture de Phédre

Mayuzumi

  • Concertino for Xylophone and Orchestra

Mendelssohn

  • The Hebrides (Fingal's Cave) Overture
  • Konzertstück für Klarinette, Bassetthorn und Orchestra, No. 2, Op. 114
  • Symphony No. 5

Menotti

  • Introduction, March, and Shepherd's Dance, from Amahl & the Night Visitors

Milhaud

  • Scaramouche Suite for Saxophone and Orchestra

Moulds

  • Égloga (Leyendas Místicas I, Op. 78) "el Sauce que se enamoró de la Caricia del Viento"

Mozart

  • Clarinet Concerto
  • Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
  • “Non piu andrai" from The Marriage of Figaro

Nelson

  • Rocky Point Holiday

Pakhmutova

  • Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

Parker

  • Joyeuse for Orchestra

Poncé

  • Concierto del Sur

Prokofiev

  • March from Love for Three Oranges
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in Db Major, Op. 10

Puccini

  • Che Gelida Manina, from La Boheme

Rachmaninoff

  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18

Ravel

  • Pavane pour une infante dèfunte

Riegger

  • Dance Rhythms

Rimsky-Korsakov

  • Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
  • Russian Easter Overture

Rossini

  • Largo al Factotum, from The Barber of Seville
  • Overture to La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)

Saint-Saëns

  • Danse Macabre (Poëme symphonique), Op. 40
  • Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
  • Morceau de Concert, Op. 94
  • Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor

Schubert

  • Rosamunde Overture in C Minor, D. 644
  • Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)

Schumann

  • Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54

Shostakovich

  • Symphony No. 5, Op. 47 - Finale

Sibelius

  • Finlandia, Op. 26
  • Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Smetana

  • Three Dances from The Bartered Bride
  • Vltava (The Moldau)

Stamitz

  • Concerto for Clarinet

J Strauss, Jr

  • Mein Herr Marquis, from Die Fledermaus

Strauss

  • Horn Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major

Stravinsky

  • Berceuse and Finale, from Firebird Suite
  • L'Histoire du Soldat
  • Octet for Winds

Tchaikovsky

  • Romeo and Juliet - Fantasy Overture
  • Variations on a Rocco Theme, Op. 33

Vaughan Williams

  • The Lark Ascending
  • Oboe Concerto
  • Tuba Concerto

Verdi

  • Overture to La Forza del Destino

von Weber

  • Andante e Rondo Ungarese
  • Bassoon Concerto in F Major, Op. 75

Wagner

  • Siegfried Idyll

Walton

  • Crown Imperial

Williams

  • Adventures on Earth from E.T.


 

String Project @ Mansfield University


The String Project @ Mansfield University was created in 2010 by Dr. Jeffrey Jacobsen. The purpose of the String Project is to give community members an opportunity to learn to play string instruments (violin, viola, and cello) while giving music majors studying string education an opportunity to learn to teach under the supervision of an experienced educator; Dr. Jacobsen serves as the Master Teacher for the experience. The String Project @ Mansfield University currently has nearly 20 students of all ages and utilizes the talents of as many as 8 MU students as instructors and mentors. Group lessons are held on Saturday mornings and individual lessons are by arrangement with the student instructors. The String Project is sponsored by the university and costs are kept to a minimum, typically running $60 per semester for the group experience. Each semester the String Project holds a recital featuring the community students accompanied by the student instructors. Community members are also featured as soloists on the recitals and numerous small ensembles formed from the large group also perform.

In addition to teaching string instruments, several student instructors from the String Project offer additional Saturday classes in music theory and music history. Former student instructors from the String Project have gone on to successful teaching positions in string music education as well as taking graduate positions in universities specializing in string pedagogy and conducting.

 

String Project 1  STring Project 2 
Kelsey Boltz instructs a beginning cello student
The String Project students performing at their biannual concert