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Schwob School of Music

Schwob School of Music

Orchestral Activities

Conductor: Paul Hostetter, The Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair for Orchestral Activities


Acknowledged as one of the finest ensembles in the Southeast, the CSU Philharmonic Orchestra presents a rich diversity of orchestral repertoire under the direction of Maestro Paul Hostetter (, the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair of Orchestral Activities. The Philharmonic is comprised of student instrumentalists, the majority of whom are music majors, and it regularly works with guest conductors such as Yoel Levi, Music Director Emeritus of the Atlanta Symphony and David Lockington, Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony, as well as guest artists including international pianist Jon Kimura Parker and Charlie Vernon, Bass Trombonist of the Chicago Symphony.

The core repertoire of the Philharmonic spans a broad range of eras and styles. In the 2013-14 season the Philharmonic will present works including Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier Suite , Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes : Four Sea Interludes , Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F Major, and Sean Shepherd's Blue Blazes , and Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus Overture . Concerto soloists include Viola Professor Zoran Jakovcic in the Viola Concerto by William Walton, Associate Professor of Trumpet, Dr. Robert Murray in the Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major by Franz Joseph Haydn, and the outstanding student concerto competition winners who are presented each winter. A special performance in November will feature a world premiere by young composer and Schwob student Nathan Hudson. In collaboration with the CSU Theater Department, the orchestra will perform The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon/Marsha Norman in March. To close the season in April, the orchestra will be performing an exciting concert featuring the works A Summer's Day by Lewis Spratlan, the Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer who will be completing a residency with the Columbus State University Philharmonic, and The Planets by Gustav Holst.

A number of students in the CSU Philharmonic also have active professional careers while in school, performing in orchestras including the symphonies of Columbus, LaGrange, and Macon among others.

The mission of this amazing orchestra is to perform exciting programs comprised of the greatest orchestral music for the members of our community, our state, and our country with passion, energy, and commitment.

Participation is by audition only. For further information, please contact Paul Hostetter at