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Orchestra of the Pines

The Orchestra of the Pines is the flagship student orchestral ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University. Founded more than twenty years ago, the purpose of the orchestra is:

  • To perform standard repertoire of the orchestral literature
  • To perform new music promoting the culture and tradition of classical music
  • To give students the opportunity to perform with the outstanding SFA faculty and guest artists
  • To prepare students in becoming the future educators, performers and purveyors of the classical music tradition

The standard repertoire performed by the Orchestra of Pines includes works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Mahler. The orchestra presents new music written by SFA faculty and students as well as works of notable nature in the 21st century repertoire.

The ensemble rehearses three times a week (Monday, 7:15–9:30 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00–3:15 p.m.) in addition to extra rehearsals during concert week. The orchestra performs four to six classical concerts throughout the year in addition to the annual opera production and collaborative Masterworks concerts with the choral division.