College students collaborate
with local musicians in orchestra
allows are residents to play on campus
(December 2007) Jessica Gowler is a Hanover
College student who plays one of the first violin parts in the Hanover
College Community Orchestra. She has played violin since she was six
years old, and has been a part of the orchestra for two semesters during
her time at Hanover. She joined even though neither her middle school
nor high school had an orchestra.
by Amy Casebier
Hanover College Community
Orchestra allows community
members and college students
to perform together.
Its rewarding to see everyone succeed,
Gowler said. It takes the pressure off of one person and makes
it more enjoyable.
The orchestra puts on two performances a year in the Fitzgibbon Recital
Hall in the Lynn Center at Hanover College. Their first performance
will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. This concert will feature several
popular classical arrangements, such as Pachelbels Canon in D
major. The second performance will be at 7:30 p.m. April 5, 2008.
The orchestra is made up of 19 musicians, 10 of which are Hanover College
students and nine who are community members.
They come from all walks of life, Dr. David Mruzek said
of the participants in the orchestra. This is Mruzeks second year
for conducting the orchestra.
Tina Brinson has been playing violin for two years and learned about
the orchestra from her instructor, Danny Wingham. Wingham participates
in the orchestra, as does Brinsons daughter, Katie.
It challenged me to have a goal to work for, Brinson said.
Time flies when Im there.
Rob Houze, owner of Crawdaddy Music in Madison, Ind., is also a member
of the orchestra. He was there at the orchestras beginnings, which
he estimates was 25 years ago.
Its enjoyable, he said in regard to his experience
playing with the orchestra. Music is a release for different people.
It takes you away from your daily madness.
Houze also plays in the Hanover College Community production of Messiah,
but beyond the orchestra and that event, he does not play classical
Its an opportunity to have the orchestra because it maintains
my classical training, Houze said. I have a jazz quartet,
and its a totally different thing.
The orchestra is looking to add to its numbers. Any violin, viola, cello
or string bass players are welcome.
We can take any community member with training, Mruzek said.
Orchestra rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:50
p.m. in Room 122 in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts at Hanover College.
Mruzek, the Director of Instrumental Music at Hanover College, also
conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Band and teaches instrumental lessons.
He draws much of the orchestras material from the baroque and
classical musical periods because of the prevalence of string music
during those times. The majority of the orchestra is comprised of strings
players, although there are two flutists and one pianist.
For more information about the Hanover College
Community Orchestra, call Dr. David Mruzek, at (812) 866-7329 or email
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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