Orchestra and Strings
Texas Christian University Strings Department
- Application Information
- Audition Information
- String Performance and Ensembles
- Scholarships and Financial Aid
The TCU Symphony Orchestra and String Orchestra
The TCU Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic ensemble dedicated to playing professional-level concerts from the best orchestral repertoire. The String Orchestra presents a variety of programs ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire. Under the baton of Dr. German Gutierrez, the TCU Symphony Orchestra and the String Orchestra present several concerts each season. The orchestras also participate in symphonic, choral, dance, drama, and theater performances. The Symphony Orchestra travels nationally and internationally. Both ensembles include a diverse student body representing more than ten foreign countries including students from across the US, Central and South America, Europe, South Africa, and the Far East. Visit the TCU Symphony Orchestra webpage.
The Chamber Music Program
Extensive chamber music experience is an integral part of every well-rounded musician's education because it combines the performance aspects of solo and ensemble playing and develops musical sensitivity in the performer. Chamber groups at TCU receive coaching from the faculty and perform regularly in master classes for faculty and distinguished guests, and present concerts throughout the year. Additional scholarship opportunities are available for an incoming bass student who is willing to play in TCU Jazz Band and who already has some jazz experience. Each summer, Chamber Music Roundup offers advanced students an intensive one-week workshop for string quartets.
Center for Latin-American Music
The Center for Latin-American Music at TCU emphasizes the performance, recording, and dissemination of the music of Latin-American composers by collecting and cataloging both published and unpublished music as well as serving as a liaison to promote commissions of new works. The Center presented its first biannual Latin-American Music Festival in conjunction with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in the spring of 1998, hosting performances and lectures by artists and composers such as Daniel Binelli, Luis Jorge Gonzales, Marlos Nobre, Blas Atehortua, Arturo Marquez and Edgar Valcarcel. The Festival has grown in size an importance and includes Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Film, Literature and Music for a month of celebration of the arts and artists of Latin American.
Harp at TCU
TCU harp students enjoy many performance opportunities within a small studio environment. In addition to private lessons, students may also participate in the TCU Harp Ensemble, TCU Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Opera productions, chamber music collaborations, vocal accompaniments, as well as solo recitals, studio recitals and campus, intercollegiate and community performances. TCU harpists receive balanced instruction in repertoire and technique, representative of major harp literature and with an emphasis on supple playing, tone production and clear articulation. The harp program at the undergraduate as well as graduate level includes studies in Harp Pedagogy, Orchestral Excerpts, Improvisation Techniques and masterclass opportunities with visiting guest artists.
TCU HARP Ensemble
The TCU Harp Ensemble serves as an enhancement to the private study and large ensemble experience of TCU harpists. The Ensemble meets two hours weekly with the Instructor for rehearsal. Performance opportunities with the Ensemble include a class recital, optional duo or trio performances on weekly School of Music Recital Hour and other group appearances at university-related events or public venues. Through Instructor-led rehearsals and coachings, the students develop a solid base of ensemble skills, harp technique, musicianship, stage deportment and professional conduct. Skills learned in Harp Ensemble translate to excellence in performing chamber music with other instruments, accompanying vocalists or choir and participating in Orchestra or Band. The students are introduced to challenging repertoire of advanced level that is drawn from a wide variety of musical styles, including arrangements and transcriptions of well-known works as well as original compositions for harp ensemble.
The TCU Harp Ensemble has performed in conjunction with the Latin American Music Festival, presented a collaborative recital with the TCU Flute Choir and TCU Brass Ensemble, hosted and performed in a joint recital with the University of North Texas Harp Ensemble, recorded two Christmas arrangements for the School of Music Christmas CD project, provided entertainment at the annual Scholarship Dinner and the Tucker Technology Center Celebration of Student Research and performed on the annual TCU Harp Ensemble Spring Recital. During the summer of 2011, the TCU Harp Ensemble performed at the American Harp Society 9th Summer Institute in Denton, Texas. In the Spring of 2013, the Ensemble participated in a 100 harp mass ensemble as part of the American Harp Society in Dallas' 50th Anniversary Celebration.
TCU New Music Ensemble
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TCU and Dallas Fort Worth Area
Each semester TCU School of Music students have many opportunities to attend and participate in numerous concerts and master classes of world-renowned artists and guest orchestras. A wide variety of top quality ensembles perform in the area including the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras which perform in Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas respectively.
For further information about the TCU String Program please contact
Dr. Misha Galaganov
Division Chair, Strings
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500 - Fort Worth, Texas 76129