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Invitational Orchestra Festival 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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 the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gerardo Edelstein.

The festival will conclude with a performance on the Penn State Philharmonic's first concert of the year in the 2,000-seat Eisenhower Auditorium. Festival participants will perform Felix Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 2 in D Major by themselves and then perform "The Moldau" from Má Vlast by Bedřich Smetana in a side-by-side format with the Philharmonic members. The remainder of the Philharmonic's program includes the first movement of Béla Bartók's viola concerto (with Santiago Osorio, winner of the 2014 Philharmonic Concerto Competition) and Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms.

Participants will also receive instruction in sessions and masterclasses during the day led by the Penn State  faculty.

Participation is open to all accomplished string players recommended by their high school orchestra directors. Orchestra directors, please complete the recommendation form below and then guide your recommended students to complete the student registration form and university release. Cost of registration is $25.00.

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


  • 8:30-9:00 a.m. - Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. - Rehearsals and Sectionals
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch provided
  • 1:00-5:00 p.m. - Rehearsals and Sectionals
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Dinner provided
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Dress rehearsal
  • 7:30 p.m. - Concert

Festival participants will finish at approximately 8:00, but are cordially invited to stay for remainder of Philharmonic concert (@10:00 p.m.)