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Invitational Orchestra Festival

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Note: The information below represents the 2016 event - watch this space for 2017 information!

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 at 6:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. 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.

Concert repertoire for the 2016 festival includes three movements of Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, Op. 40 (Prelude, Sarabande, Gavotte) and the first movement (Allegro moderato) of Alexander Borodin's Symphony No. 2 in B Minor.

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


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. - Check-in (Esber Recital Hall lobby)
  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. - Orchestra rehearsal (Esber Recital Hall)
  • 10:00-12:00 p.m. - Sectionals (Separate rooms by instrument with Penn State instructors)
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch (110 Music Building 1)
  • 1:00-3:45 p.m. - Orchestra rehearsal (Esber Recital Hall)
  • 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Orchestra rehearsal with Penn State Philharmonic (Esber Recital Hall)
  • 5:00-6:30 p.m. - Dinner, dress, and warm-up (110 Music Building 1)
  • 6:30 PM - Concert (Esber Recital Hall)

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.

Recommendation Form

For further information, please contact Robert Gardner at or Gerardo Edelstein at