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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.

Recent Activities

  • Posted 11:35 am, Saturday, March 4, 2017

    For those who desire to pursue further advancement in their orchestral conducting skills, SFA will have an opening for an graduate assistantship in orchestral conducting beginning this fall. For more information, check out the attached flyer.

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  • Posted 8:36 am, Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Laws are written, poetry is created, and music is composed, all at the stroke of a pen. Come join us on Monday, March 6, when the SFA Orchestra of the Pines presents music by some of the most gifted composers who put pen to paper, including SFA composition student, Kyle Henkel, whose orchestral work, "Fantasy: Beyond the Forest" will have its world premier that evening. The program includes Schubert's infamous "Unfinished Symphony", Haydn's "Farewell Symphony" and Prokofiev's uncanny "Lt. Kije Suite"!

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  • Posted 9:52 pm, Friday, December 9, 2016

    Congratulations to Kyle Henkel, SFA composition major, whose composition, Fantasy: Beyond the Forest, was selected to be premiered by the SFA Orchestra of the Pines on March 6, 2017!

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  • Posted 8:32 am, Monday, November 14, 2016

    The Orchestra of the Pines at Stephen F. Austin State University will present the program “Sibelius and Shostakovich” when the orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

    Under the direction of Dr. Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, the Orchestra of the Pines will perform works by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich. Leonard Chow, a recent graduate of SFA, will return to Nacogdoches to perform the first movement of Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 with the Orchestra of...

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  • Posted 8:23 am, Tuesday, October 11, 2016

    The SFA Orchestra of the Pines presented Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G major on Monday, October 3, 2016.

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