Sinfonia is a full symphony orchestra of strings, winds, brass, and percussion for intermediate level players, middle and high school-age*. The focus is on deep listening and critical thinking, ensemble skills, practice habits, and a collaborative approach to working with other musicians.
Sinfonia performs standard orchestral repertoire, nearly always in their original versions (rather than simplified). For many wind, brass, and percussion players, Sinfonia is their first symphonic orchestra experience playing classic orchestral masterworks. Recent seasons have seen Sinfonia tackle Dvořák’s tone poem Polednice (The Noon Witch), the jazzy Seattle Slew of William Bolcom, Smetana’s Ma Vlast (My Homeland), works of Elgar, Bernstein, Stravinsky, Britten, and Albeniz.
Sinfonia is led by Andrew Masters, who comes from a strong background as a professional performer and director of a thriving school program. He studied at the University of Cincinnatti College-Conservatory of Music with a double concentration in both violin and trumpet, and received his Masters Degree in music education from Northwestern University. Mr. Masters is a strings specialist in St. Charles District 303.
*String players, 6-12 grade. Wind, brass & percussion students, 8-12 grade.
Rehearses Sundays, 3:15-5:15pm.
Performs at the 2:00pm concert in November, March, and May.