Discover the Sinfonia at Seton Hill

Cellist Morgan Lightner focuses on her music playing. Photo courtesy of H.Carnahan/Setonian

Cellist Morgan Lightner focuses on her music playing. Photo courtesy of H.Carnahan/Setonian

 

Music lovers should look forward to this group’s coming events. The Sinfonia at Seton Hill is a collection of musicians that is comprised of students, faculty and members of the Greensburg community. Any Seton Hill student can participate, even those that are not music majors. At this point, the Sinfonia only includes string instruments, but as of this spring they will be adding members of the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds.

 

The Sinfonia is organized in such a way that works to increase knowledge and allow its members to gain experience. Seton Hill students work alongside seasoned musicians and their faculty, allowing them to learn in a new environment.

The director of the Sinfonia is David Anderson, who also works as the music director for the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. He leads the Sinfonia in rehearsal and works on the big picture ideas behind the music. A series of string faculty help him by acting as leaders for their individual sections.

Sam Burns practices the violin during rehearsal. Photo courtesy of H.Carnahan/Setonian

Sam Burns practices the violin during rehearsal. Photo courtesy of H.Carnahan/Setonian

The group frequently breaks down into smaller groups based on instrument, so the they can have sectionals and work on the parts each group needs to. During these sectionals, the instructors help the musicians with sections they find difficult or with any questions they have about the music. Anderson said, “This model is kind of like a sports team with a head coach and assistant coaches. Everyone works on their specific tasks to achieve the aim of a wonderful, well-rehearsed musical result.”

Members of the community and students alike practice for their upcoming concert. Photo courtesy of H.Carnahan/Setonian

Members of the community and students alike practice for their upcoming concert. Photo courtesy of H.Carnahan/Setonian

 

The Sinfonia will be performing this Nov. 15 with another performance in the spring. The November repertoire includes such composers as Mozart and Mendelssohn, and features a special guest harpsichord player for one of the compositions.

For more information visit: setonhill.edu/arts/music/sinfonia.

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