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Belhaven String Chamber Orchestra & String Program

Song Xie, Conductor

Belhaven String Chamber Orchestra (BCO) is a small, select string ensemble which enjoys a high quality reputation in Jackson and around the State. The ensemble provides qualified string students intensive, professional-standard, string chamber orchestra training. Participation is available through audition for the Conductor, Mr. Song Xie. Recent performance repertoire includes:

The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
Little Suite, Op. 1 by Carl A. Nielsen
Verklarte Nacht, Op. 4 by Arnold Schoenberg
Serenade for String Orchestra Op. 11 by Dag Wiren
Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 40 (From Holberg's Time) by Edvard Grieg
Serenade for String Orchestra Op.22 by Antonin Dvorak
Chamber Symphony Op.110 by Dimtri Shostakovich
Prelude and Scherzo by Dmitri Shostakovich
Idyll for string Orchestra by Leos Janacek
Souvenir De Florence Op.70 by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for String Orchestra Op.22 by Josef Suk

Belhaven String Chamber Orchestra

Auditioning: Violin (12), Viola (4), Cello (3), Bass (2)

Substantial scholarships are available for string majors. Music ensemble scholarships are available for non-music majors. Highly qualified students may audition to perform with the Jackson based Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for extra income. Many Belhaven string students are playing/have played with the MSO while gaining a professional orchestra experience.

The Christ centered Belhaven String Program has been greatly blessed and enjoys outstanding and exciting achievements. Our string students have won numerous competitions including but not limited to the MSO Concerto Competition, MTNA State and Regional Competitions, MMTA and ASTA State competition, and many other concerto/string competitions in MS, AK, UT, AL, NY, SC. These same students have received MFMC scholarship awards, and competed in international competitions with resulting performances at Carnegie hall. Student and alumni who have won awards in these competitions include: violinists Jackie Bateman, Shellie Brown, Rachel Reese, Julia Watkins, and Jocelyn Zhu as well as violist: Joel Andrus.

Besides solo training, The String Division also understands and encourages the essential need for all string players to participate in varied kinds of chamber groups, i.e. Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet, etc., for their complete training in ensemble and musicianship development. All Belhaven String Students will have great opportunities to play and enjoy different chamber music groups.

Scholarship Requirements: Application, solo audition, sight reading/scales, letters of reference, a personal interview, and compliance with required rehearsal and performance commitments.

Because the Belhaven Chamber Strings will represent Belhaven in a significant way, scholarship recipients must be supportive of the Belhaven University Mission.

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