Orchestras

Orchestras

Orchestras

 
 

ROWAN UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

This full-sized symphony orchestra performs concerts of the standard repertoire, contemporary works, opera productions, holiday concerts, and more. Each season, the Rowan Symphony Orchestra sponsors a Concerto Competition for all music students. Membership is open to both music majors and talented students from across our campus, via successful audition at the beginning of each academic year. For more information, please contact Prof. Cheng at: chengjia@rowan.edu


STRING ENSEMBLE

 Timothy Schwarz, Director

The String Ensemble offers a specialized performing opportunity for those playing the violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Interested students should contact the ensemble conductor (schwarzt@rowan.edu).


STRING ORCHESTRA

Joanne Erwin, Director

The Rowan String Orchestra is for non-music majors who love to play violin, viola, cello or bass. The orchestra meets once a week, and is led by the legendary string pedagogue Dr. Joanne Erwin, who recently retired from the Oberlin Conservatory. No audition is required for String Orchestra, but it is expected that students have at least one year of experience with their instrument. For more information, please contact Dr. Erwin at: erwinjh@rowan.edu


SHADOW DAYS FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

We love to host prospective students on our shadow days! Open to high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students, a day of shadowing includes participating in full orchestra rehearsals, attend a technique class with violin professor Dr. Schwarz, observation of String Ensemble rehearsal, Q&A with our Music Education and Music Therapy faculty, a luncheon where you can interact with our current students, and—if desired—an opportunity to attend other classes within the music major or minor track. This year’s shadow days include:

  • October 11, 2021
  • November 4, 2021

           REGISTER HERE 

Email Dr. Timothy Schwarz (schwarzt@rowan.edu) or Prof. Jiannan Cheng (chengjia@rowan.edu) if have questions!


UPCOMING EVENTS:

2021:

Saturday, October 9th
SJBODA Audition Workshop
12:00 – 1:30 PM
With Dr. Timothy Schwarz, Dr. Joanne Erwin, Douglas Mapp, and Jiannan Cheng
REGISTER HERE 
 
Strings Education Teachers of the Future!
1:45 – 3:00 PM
With Dr. Joanne Erwin
A seminar for Middle and High School string players considering a career in music education.
For more information contact Tim Schwarz at schwarzt@rowan.edu
 
2022: 
 
Saturday, February 19th from 1:00 – 5:00
Viola Day
Featuring Amadi Azikiwe, viola
For string players of all levels and ages
 
Sunday, February 20th at 2:00 PM
Rowan String Ensemble Concerto Competition
Junior and Senior levels
 
Saturday, February 26th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bass Hang
With Professor Douglas Mapp
 
Thursday – Friday March 10th & 11th
Rowan String Festival
With Dr. Timothy Schwarz, Dr. Joanne Erwin, Douglas Mapp and Jiannan Cheng

PERFORMANCES 2021-22:

RESERVE YOUR TICKET TODAY!

2021:

Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:30 PM

Joanne Erwin, cello

Music by female composers

 

Tuesday, October 19th at 7:30 PM

Rowan University Symphony Orchestra

Jiannan Cheng, Director

Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still and other works by Mahler, Weber and Stravinsky

 

Thursday, November 11th at 7:30 PM

Rowan String Ensemble

Timothy Schwarz, Director

Mio Imai, violin soloist

 

Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30 PM

Rowan University Symphony Orchestra

Jiannan Cheng, Director

Works by Wagner, Dvorak and Mozart

 

2022:

Wednesday, January 26th at 7:30 PM

Music from the Arab and Israeli culture

Timothy Schwarz, violin

Udi Bar-David, cello

Angela Zator Nelson, percussion

Joseph Tayoun, drums

 

Tuesday, March 1st at 7:30 PM

Rowan University Symphony Orchestra

Jiannan Cheng, Director

Featuring Rowan University Flute Professor, Susanna Loewy and the winner of the Rowan Annual Concerto Competition 

 

Wednesday, April 20th at 7:30 PM

Rowan String Ensemble

Timothy Schwarz, Director

Featuring the winner of the String Ensemble Concerto Competition and winning ensemble of the Rowan String Festival