by Eleya Raim – Horizon Features Editor & Kendra Burkey – Horizon Advisor
The first note, an “A”, rings out, played by one violinist. Suddenly, all of the string players follow suit, tuning each string to perfection in a muddle of sound. Next, the brass players prepare to make their individual sound blend together. Everyone is finally ready, and focuses every ounce of their attention on the conductor at the front of the room. Suddenly, with vibrant energy from the percussion section, the magical sound that we call music begins.
This is the Hesston College symphonic orchestra, which will present their debut concert Sept. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Northlawn Studio Theater. Rebecca Schloneger, Hesston College violin instructor, directs the orchestra.
“Hearing the orchestra coming together is an incredible experience, knowing that each instrumentalist brings with them a vast background of training and expertise, but also a sensitivity to others and to the sounds that surround them,” she said. “I believe it is within that conversation that music is made.”
Chamber orchestra, which is offered as a one-credit course, is open for to anyone who has studied an instrument before college. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Schloneger says musicians, and tuba players in particular, are encouraged to audition in the spring.
The goal of the group, Schloneger says, is to “create an atmosphere of collaboration that is uplifting, challenging, and really fun.”
But it goes beyond that.
“I hope that the students will be able to experience new music, classical music, and chamber music together, and to discover leadership abilities within themselves.”