Dr. Jeff Barudin, associate professor of music at Lindenwood University and new director of the university’s orchestra, announced recently that, starting in the fall 2016 semester, the orchestra will begin welcoming musicians from the community. Previously, the orchestra consisted entirely of musicians from the university.
Barudin said he hopes to add adults and talented high school musicians, which will be selected through an audition process. He believes the initiative will allow community members who play an instrument to perform high-level repertoire with like-minded musicians, will strengthen the university’s bond with the community, will help reinforce the orchestra with more personnel, and could possibly bring potential students to the university.
“This model has proven to be successful at other universities,” Barudin said. “The Lindenwood University Orchestra would be the first ensemble of its kind in our immediate area and has the potential to reach high levels of success.”
Rehearsals will be held Monday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the university’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. For more information, contact Barudin at (636) 255-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead an ensemble that will serve as a direct link to our musical community,” Barudin said.