It’s been a busy past two weeks for us at the Stanford Symphony – there was tremendous interest in joining the orchestra this year; the excitement was palpable even before the school year started, with an unprecedented number of interested musicians contacting us. Our table at the music department’s open house was likewise kept busy by a constant stream of incoming freshmen inquiring about SSO.
Following the hecticness of auditions, SSO started rehearsals last week. The first few rehearsals have been quite eventful: first, all of our musicians came together for the first time this season last Thursday, and we’re proud to have a talented and diverse group of musicians. SSO then held our annual retreat at Monte Toyon, a camp and conference center nestled among the redwood forests near Santa Cruz. It was a fun but productive two days as SSO musicians rehearsed and got to know each other a little better!
Finally, SSO hosted members of the Shanghai University String Orchestra on Monday, who delighted us with a brief performance and rehearsed jointly with us. It was a great opportunity to welcome our peers and fellow musicians from Shanghai!