The SUNY Orange Choir and Madrigal Singers are under the direction of Christa Damaris. These groups perform at various locations throughout Orange County during the year, and are a popular attraction during the holiday season. The group regularly appears at the Hospice Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, and is a staple of the College's Holiday Open House at Morrison Hall each December. The choir also holds an annual holiday concert as well as a much-anticipated Mother's Day performance annually in Orange Hall Theatre.
The groups also perform at many College events, including Commencement, Convocation, and the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, while also appearing at such special events at the College's Go Green Gala.
The Madrigal Singers have also produced several holiday CDs that have been sold as fundraisers for the group.
For more information on the Choir and Madrigal Singers, contact Christa Damaris or the Arts and Communication Department.
The College's Symphonic Band is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. The band welcomes participation from those who wish to be part of a community ensemble of musicians who desire to perform and/or enrich their musical talents.
The band performs and rehearses at Middletown's historic Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. The group generally offers two to three concerts per year at the Paramount, and can be found at community locations (including Middletown and Museum Village) during the summer months.
The band's music also graces the College's Commencement ceremony and has been a part of such special events at SUNY Orange's 60th Anniversary Celebration.
For more information, or if you wish to join the band, please contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.
The SUNY Orange Orchestra is under the direction of Hilarie Clark Moore, and is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. The Orchestra rehearses and performs at Middletown's historic Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St.
In addition to bringing quality orchestral programs to Orange County, the orchestra seeks to promote musical growth in younger musicians by sponsoring an annual Concerto/Aria contest in which winners are granted the opportunity to perform a musical or vocal solo during the orchestra's spring concert. This year's winners (Audrey Zubra and Ashley Heilweill) are shown at right.
For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. Interested performers wishing to join the orchestra may contact Hilarie Clark Moore.
The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of SUNY Orange students and is under the direction of Dave Miele. The group performs concerts each semester in Orange Hall Theatre and members of the ensemble regularly lend their musical talents to other events on campus.
Ensemble members have performed during receptions for Cultural Affairs events and exhibits, as well as for an array of student activities. The group is also usually featured during a spring outdoor music festival held in the Horton Hall Gardens in April.
For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.
The Apprentice Players, SUNY Orange's student theatre ensemble, is headed by Max Schaefer. Each semester, the Apprentice Players perform one production in the College's Orange Hall Theatre. Past plays have included "Suburbia," "La Malinche," "Honk! Jr.," East Lynne" "Cherry Orchard," "Pinkalicious" and "Our Town." Typically, the productions consist of six performances over two weekends.
Members of the Apprentice Players also perform with other groups throughout Orange County as a way to further their acting experience. SummerStar Theatre, which performs each summer at Orange Hall Theatre, has also welcomed Apprentice Players as cast members.
For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787 or e-mail Max Schaefer.
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