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Invitational Orchestra Festival

October 26, 2019

The Penn State Invitational Orchestra Festival is a one-day immersion in the art of musical performance for talented high school string players. This exciting event offers students the opportunity to rehearse and perform with members of the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.

The festival concludes with a concert performance. Festival participants will perform in a side-by-side format with collegiate Philharmonic Orchestra members during the concert. This concert is free and open to the public.

In addition, participants will also receive instruction in sectionals and masterclasses led by the Penn State faculty.

Participation is open to any advanced high school string players (violin, viola, 'cello, or double bass; see repertoire for level). Students are to be recommended by their high school orchestra director or private teacher. Director/Teacher NOTE: to recommend students and receive application forms as well as practice copies of music, email Robert Gardner directly.


  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Registration (School of Music Recital Hall)
  • 9:30 - 10:00 - Rehearsal
  • 10:00 - 12:00 - Sectionals with String Faculty
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 - 4:15 - Rehearsal
  • 5:00 - Concert in Recital Hall