Orchestra celebrates centennial
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Guest Writer
of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra are working hard in preparation for
their first concert of the season. The concert will take place at 7:30
p.m. Oct. 2 in Hardeman Auditorium.
The concert will tie into the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration and feature David B. Hooten, a professional trumpeter and Oklahoma resident. Students, faculty and staff get into the performances free of charge with their university identification card.
The orchestra consists of Oklahoma Christian students and faculty as well as community members and professional musicians. Community participation is a key part of the orchestra’s success.
director John Fletcher, also chair of the music department, said the
community members come from a variety of professional backgrounds. The
bond they all share is their love of music.
“It’s a different sort of an opportunity, but there is something satisfying about working with the community,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher has served as director of the OCO for four years.
is the chance to work with adults who love to keep making music and who
are eager to practice each week that keeps bringing me back [as
director],” Fletcher said.
to his selection as director via a competitive application process,
Fletcher was a member of the orchestra as a trombone player.
get the musical and personal satisfaction of conducting wonderful music
and spending time with musicians who enjoy working together and
bringing excitement to our audience,” Fletcher said.
Thompson, associate professor of music at Oklahoma Christian, said the
orchestra provides a great opportunity for students to play in a
full-size orchestra, a rarity for a small college. The students also
receive the chance to network.
Wright, a violin player and instrumental music education major at
Oklahoma Christian, said the rehearsals are hard work. He also
encourages students to join the orchestra.
benefit is performing with experienced adults,” Wright said. “I get a
good amount of conducting and group experience from observing and
Students may receive academic credit for participating in the community orchestra as well.
are also given the opportunity to participate in the concerto
competition that earns them the chance to play a solo with the
orchestra in the spring.
is an exciting niche for us because often students don’t get the chance
to play with a live orchestra, and that gives them the chance,”
The orchestra hopes for a large turnout from students and community members for the upcoming concert.