SCO Premieres Andy Clausen’s “This Is Water”

Andy ClausenSeattle Collaborative Orchestra presented the premiere performance of composer and trombonist Andy Clausen’s orchestral suite This Is Water.  The work was commissioned by our Music Director Anna Edwards, and it is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s orchestral interludes in his opera Peter Grimes.  Both works, along with the west coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto were presented at our Spring concert on 4 April 2017.

Andy is a New York-based composer, trombonist and 2014 graduate of both The Juilliard School and Seattle’s Roosevelt High School. The New York Times has described his work as “sleek, dynamic large-group jazz, a whirl of dark-hued harmony and billowing rhythm… The intelligent sheen of Mr. Clausen’s writing was as striking as the composure of his peers… It was impressive, and not just by the yardstick of their age.”

Read more about Andy and This Is Water under Featured Composers – Andy Clausen.

February Concert: Chamber Music Series

SCO Rehearsal

Please join us for our second concert of the season, a Chamber Music Series, on Tuesday February 7, 2017 – 7:30pm.  This concert will feature various smaller ensembles: brass, woodwind, percussion, string, and mixed ensembles.  The repertoire to be announced soon.

If you would like to join SCO, auditions are now open!  See Auditions on this website for full details.

December Concert: Questions and Answers

SCO Cellos with Walter Grey.

SCO Cellos rehearse with Walter Grey. [Erika Pierson photo]

Our December 2016 concert, Questions and Answers, featured a new work by Roosevelt and Rice University graduate Brendan McMullen.

Brendan McMullenUnquestioned  (World Premiere)
Charles IvesThe Unanswered Question
Lili BoulangerD’un soir triste & D’un matin du printemps
TchaikovskySymphony No. 5

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 7:30pm
Roosevelt High School Theater
1410 NE 66th St, Seattle WA 98115

SCO Premieres Primiani’s SIRENS on West Coast

Leanna Primiani Seattle Collaborative Orchestra performed the West Coast premiere of composer-conductor Leanna Primiani’s SIRENS for Orchestra in our November 2015 concert. In talking about this piece with Primiani’s publisher, Subito Music, Anna Edwards, SCO’s Music Director commented, “It’s been a blast for me and the musicians to work on this piece!” Based after Homer’s classic “The Odyssey,” the ten-minute work premiered in 2008 at the Nashville Symphony, led by Leonard Slatkin.

Read more about SIRENS for Orchestra and composer Leanna Primiani at Subito Music.

SCO wins 2nd Place in The American Prize for 2013

The American Prize

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra earned Second Place in The American Prize in Orchestral Performance – Community Orchestras. Conductor Anna Edwards was also honored with second place in The American Prize in Conducting – Community Orchestras. More info and complete list of winners can be found at The American Prize website.

University of Washington also featured the Collaborative Orchestra’s achievements on their website.