SUNY Orange Orchestra’s Community Contributions Earn Group Annual Arts Organization Honor

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will receive the Arts Organization Award at the upcoming Orange County Arts Council’s Annual Arts Award event slated for 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9 at the Powelton Club in Newburgh.

The event will honor and celebrate those individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Orange County. This year’s recipients, in addition to the College’s orchestra, include Ron Gee and Gar Wang, husband and wife artists (Individual Artists); Wally McGuire, retired art teacher (Arts in Education); Walter Bill, World War II veteran (Salute to Veterans); David Collens, curator and artistic director for the Storm King Arts Center (Champion of the Arts); Greater Newburgh Partnership (Corporate Champion of the Arts); Toya Dubin (Youth with Exceptional Promise); and Eddie Dirr (Lifetime Achievement Award).

Under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, the orchestra, now in its 15th year, is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. The musicians, some of whom may have played professionally in the past, give their time and talents to the orchestra without compensation. The orchestra affords them a chance to practice weekly and perform at least three concerts a year.

The orchestra also provides talented high school musicians a chance to experience classical literature and to play with experienced musicians. Many of those students have gone on to conservatories after graduation. The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra gives its younger musicians opportunities to enjoy performance experiences beyond their high school orchestras or music programs.

In addition to positive influence on the musicians, the orchestra contributes to the cultural and artistic vitality of the Hudson Valley by offering community members inexpensive opportunities to hear classical music performed live. Tickets to the orchestra’s concerts are $5, and children are admitted free.

Each year the orchestra sponsors a Concerto/Aria contest where high school and college students can audition and play or sing with the orchestra during its annual February concert.

Tickets for the Arts Council awards event are $50 for Arts Council members and $55 for non-members, and can be purchased by called the Art Council offices at (845) 469-9168 or by emailing

For more information on the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, contact the College’s Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940