For Immediate Release: Saint Ambrose Parish Unveils Plans for a Symphony Orchestra

 June 6, 2021 (BRUNSWICK, OH) – Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish will be adding a new ensemble to its already vibrant Music Ministry program, the Saint Ambrose Symphony.

Are you a musician who has missed playing in a large ensemble? Saint Ambrose is offering a new opportunity for musicians who are recovering from the pandemic and are yearning to make music together. The Saint Ambrose Symphony will be an auditioned orchestra for intermediate to advanced musicians of all ages in Medina County. The orchestra will rehearse weekly at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church in Brunswick beginning in September 2021 and present 2-3 concerts per year which include classical and popular repertoire. An informational session will be held on June 30, at 5:30 pm in our Church. Available positions include section strings (violin, viola, cello, and bass), flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, and harp. All instrumentalists will perform a solo piece, under two minutes in length that demonstrates the musician’s finest playing abilities. Musicians do have the option of choosing excerpts from OMEA or other orchestras to play. Additional requirements for each of the groups are outlined as follows:

Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass InstrumentsPercussionPianoHarp
· One (1) sharp scale and one (1) flat scale each. Play 2-3 octaves, slurred eighth notes, at 60= the quarter note.· Solo up to two (2) minutes in length for mallets and/or snare.

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· One (1) sharp scale and one (1) flat scale of 3 octaves using two hands. Play sixteenth notes at 60= quarter note.· One etude from standard harp literature.

Audition registration is now live at at www.StAmbrose.us/Music/.

The audition process and group will be led by Conductor Travis Jürgens, Saint Ambrose’s Music Director. A full bio of Jürgens can be found at www.StAmbrose.us/Music/. Questions relating to the parish’s Music Ministry or the Saint Ambrose Symphony can be sent to TJurgens@StAmbrose.us.