UWO Orchestra roster set
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 01:09
The UW Oshkosh orchestra recently finished building its roster and is looking forward to a new season featuring both new and traditional music.
To some, classical music may seem like a lost art, especially on a college campus where most students have their earbuds in and are listening to the latest Wiz Khalifa mixtape or Modest Mouse album. The symphony orchestra at Oshkosh, however, held intensely competitive auditions and had more than 50 students hoping to join the ensemble this fall.
Dr. Dylan T. Chmura-Moore is excited to begin his first year as the orchestra conductor at Oshkosh.
“I am thrilled with the opportunity,” Chmura-Moore said. “I’ve just finished three full days of auditions and the roster is set. Now it’s time for the rehearsals to begin.”
One of Chmura-Moore’s goals, as a professor as well as a director, is to ensure listeners who are skeptical of classical music are not timid about attending the events. He assures newcomers that “you don’t need any special schooling to appreciate music.”
Josh Kimball is a senior bass player and orchestra member at Oshkosh. Kimball said people seem to enjoy the traditional classical style of music the orchestra performs, but when they attempt more modern classical music, the audience is turned off.
“We played a song last year that was a little weird, but that’s normal for this kind of modern music,” Kimball said. “I think they generally don’t like it because they aren’t used to it.”
This fall will be Kimball’s third semester in the orchestra. He said he usually enjoys the pieces his director chooses for performances, and he thinks his peers feel the same way.
“We played a song called ‘The New World Symphony’ (by Antonin Dvorak), and I really enjoyed that,” Kimball said.
Chmura-Moore said it’s very important for the performers to feel a connection to the music they are playing.
“If they don’t enjoy the music, the audience won’t enjoy the music,” Chmura-Moore said. “Come to a concert, the first is Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m and is free to students.”
As the new Oshkosh orchestra rehearses its fall line- up, every student is encouraged to take out their earbuds, pause their iPods for just a moment and escape in a complimentary composition of abstract sounds.
“Stay on your toes,” Chmura-Moore said. “I am attempting [to engage] the community more. One way we’re going to do this is through flash mobs.”