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Skidmore College Orchestra

The Skidmore College orchestra is a semi-professional orchestra made up of Skidmore students and top players from several regional professional orchestras, including the Albany Symphony, Berkshire Symphony, Schenectady Symphony, and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Skidmore's unique orchestral program emphasizes students in the most important orchestral positions and features students in the most important solos. Our professional members create a unique atmosphere where students participate in a living orchestral lesson each week with the top professional players assisting our students in each rehearsal. This combination of professional and student players creates an exciting synergy and an exciting concert atmosphere for players and audience members alike.

Student soloists are also featured each year as winners of the Orchestral Concerto Competition.

Joining the Skidmore Orchestra is an easy process. You simply play a live audition for the conductor (Professor Holland). The audition has three parts:

If you are thinking of auditioning for the orchestra, please contact Professor Holland at 518-587-6103 and request an audition date and time. Welcome one an all to the Skidmore College Orchestra! 

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Skidmore College Orchestra Residency 2007–2008
Michele Kim
Assistant Concertmaster
New York Philharmonic
Michelle Kim
Skidmore College Orchestra Residency 2006–2007
Hai-Ye Ni
Principal Cellist
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Hai Ye Ni
Skidmore College Orchestra Residency 2005–2006
Mark Ludwig
Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Mark Ludwig
Skidmore College Orchestra Residency 2005–2006
Michael Ludwig
Associate Concertmaster
Philadelphia Orchestra
Mike Ludwig