"Vermont is home to several fine community orchestras and on Friday, in a concert at Vermont Academy, the Brattleboro Music Center's Windham Orchestra prove to be one of, if not the best."
Jim Lowe, The Times Argus and Rutland Herald, 5/09
Hugh Keelan, Music Director
To celebrate its 44th season, the Windham Orchestra performs two Fourth Symphonies, both Romantic masterpieces. Maestro Hugh Keelan leads Tchaikovsky’s Fourth in November, and Bruckner’s Fourth in January. Continuing its missions of supporting local composers and community involvement, the Orchestra premieres the works of four Citizen Composers (cc) including The Social Waltzes of Frederick Palmer, Brattleboro’s postmaster from 1845-1848, arranged for orchestra by Maestro Keelan. The Orchestra’s other Citizen Composers are contemporary friends and neighbors whose talent for composing until now has been hidden. Our season closes with an orchestra first - a complete, multi-act opera in concert, Puccini’s Tosca.
WINDHAM ORCHESTRA CONCERTO COMPETITION 2014
The Brattleboro Music Center is pleased to announce Windham Orchestra’s 28th annual concerto competition, open to serious music students in grades 9-12 who live or attend schools in the following counties:
VT: Windsor, Windham, Bennington
NH: Cheshire, Sullivan, Grafton
MA: Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire
Auditions for the competition will be held Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Brattleboro Music Center, 38 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT, 05301. Applications must be received on or before January 19, 2014. No recorded auditions will be accepted. There is a $25 application fee.*
All auditions must be accompanied; please provide your own accompanist.† Once the application deadline is past, you will be scheduled for an audition time. At the audition, you may play one or more movements, with a maximum playing time of 10 minutes. At the concerts, the winner may play one movement or the entire piece. If you have questions, please contact Karen Bressett.
The winner will receive $200 and perform with the Windham Orchestra at its concerts on Thursday, March 20, 2014 in Brattleboro, Vt and Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Chester, Vt. The Windham Orchestra is made up of amateur and professional musicians and will be conducted by Hugh Keelan.
We are grateful to Douglas Cox, violinmaker, for funding this competition.
For more information about the Orchestra visit www.windhamorchestra.org.
. Rehearsals are held on Mondays, 7:00 pm, at Oak Grove School in Brattleboro, VT. The Orchestra is open to all area musicians.
WATCH BCTV CONCERT VIDEO: Windham Orchestra, Our Community, March 2012