The College of Arts and Architecture
  • Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Orchestra Invitational 2017

Invitational Orchestra Festival

Primary tabs

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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 3:30 p.m. in 128 Music Building II. 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 2017 festival includes Rumanian Dances by Bartok, Fuga y Misterio by Piazzolla, and Tribal Warfare by Beth Bultman. Practice copies of the music are available upon request. 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 (128 Music Building II)
  • 9:00-9:50 a.m. - Orchestra rehearsal (128 Music Building II)
  • 10:00-12:00 p.m. - Sectionals (Separate rooms by instrument with Penn State instructors)
  • 12:00-12:40 p.m. - Lunch (110 Music Building I)
  • 12:50-1:50 p.m. - Orchestra rehearsal (128 Music Building II)
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Orchestra rehearsal with Penn State Philharmonic (128 Music Building II)
  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. - Dress Rehearsal, and warm-up (110 Music Building I)
  • 3:30 PM - Concert (128 Music Building II) Free Admission for parents and guests.

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