The Case Western Reserve University Baroque Orchestra provides an opportunity for CWRU and CIM students to receive practical, pre-professional training in the flourishing field of 17th- and 18th-century performance practice. The orchestra rehearses twice weekly and generally presents two concerts each semester. Each program concentrates on a particular aspect of Baroque ensemble music, e.g., the music around J. S. Bach,17th-century Italian ensemble music, or French composers under the influence of Italian musical taste. Some programs draw upon the resources of local singers and instrumentalists trained in early techniques. Period instruments are provided from the Kulas Collection of Historical Instruments.
Director: Julie Andrijeski, Head of Historical Performance Practice
The Baroque Orchestra is open to all CWRU and CIM students and requires an audition for membership. Auditions are held the first week of the semester during the class meeting time and consist of a prepared baroque excerpt of your choice and sight-reading. New students are permitted to audition on modern instruments; returning students are strongly encouraged to audition on baroque instruments. For more information, please contact the director.
Enrollment permissions are granted in the Student Information System (SIS) following a successful audition or during the first week of class. Once course permissions have been granted (before the Drop/Add period ends) students should return to their SIS account to register in the appropriate MUEN course.
All performances held in the Maltz Performing Arts Center as part of the Silver Hall Concert Series or in Harkness Chapel as part of the CWRU Music Concert Series are live-streamed for free concurrently with the posted concert time. All concerts occur in eastern time.
Here’s a link to a video of our performance with the Baroque Orchestra during the 2021 Virtual Young Performers Festival: