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Show All Listings HCC to bring back the Highland Orchestra this fall; auditions to be held

Highland Community College will be bringing back the Highland Orchestra beginning this fall. The ensemble is designed for HCC students and community members who are intermediate or advanced players, who have moderate to considerable technical ability and enjoy creating music with others.

High school students, Highland students, and members of the community are welcome to audition for the Highland Orchestra from 7 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 17, at the Ferguson Fine Arts Center, Room, FA-06.  The alternative audition date for those unable to attend the main auditions is Thursday, August 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The Highland Orchestra provides an opportunity for serious instrumentalists to rehearse and perform a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary pieces. The goals for the orchestra are to further develop technical ability, encourage discipline, focus, and teamwork, and to reflect beauty, drama, and artistry through music.

Instruments are primarily strings, but the director is open to select woodwinds and brass, depending on instrumentation represented at the time of audition. Harp, piano, and percussion are also welcome.

The regular rehearsal times will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Aug. 31, with a several-week break in September, resuming weekly in October. A concert date is to be determined.

There is no cost for students and community members. Students will receive one elective credit (tuition waived) per semester for satisfactory participation in MUS 181 Orchestra.

For more information, contact Rianna Caswell, orchestra director, by calling 815.291.4560 or by e-mail at

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

Fax 815-235-6130