Shippensburg University Community Orchestra
The Shippensburg University/Community Orchestra comprises university students, faculty and staff members, community members, advanced high school students, and professional musicians. Local professional principal string players and conductor Mark Hartman mentor and instruct the players within their sections and Ship faculty and local professionals also mentor wind and brass players. This stimulating learning and performing environment enables the orchestra to play challenging works.
Each semester's schedule includes approximately twelve rehearsals that culminate in a full length concert of masterpieces from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Most events feature performances by guest artists. Audiences have recognized the value and quality of Shippensburg's own orchestra and attendance is usually between 700 and 1100 at concerts.
The music director and conductor is Dr. Mark L Hartman. As a violinist Dr. Hartman has performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe, in professional orchestras and as a chamber musician. He also is a professional level jazz guitarist. He has studied conducting with Stuart Malina (Harrisburg Symphony), William LaRue Jones (University of Iowa, and Robert Gutter (Universtiy of North Carolina at Greensboro).
New members are admitted into the Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra through open auditions held the first week of the fall semester. S.U. students may earn academic credit for participation in the ensemble.
An ensemble comprising university students, community members, and professional musicians.
Repertoire includes the masterworks of orchestral literature.
Performances regularly feature guest artist soloists.
Auditions are held the first week of the fall semester. Once in the group members do not have to re-audition.