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 Dvorak’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 conductors Jason Flaks and Andrew Masters, both of whom share a strong background as professional performers and directors of thriving school programs. Mr. Flaks is a well-known music educator and recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Music Educator Award from the Yale School of Music. He teaches in Geneva. Associate conductor Andrew Masters 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. He 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.