The Westmont Orchestra Press Kit

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The Westmont College Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Michael Shasberger, performs original literature, transcriptions, and arrangements. Included in this are works for full orchestra, string orchestra, and small ensembles. The study and practice includes various style periods and composers from the Renaissance through the Twenty First Century. The orchestra performs two major independent concerts each semester, as well as a combined Christmas concert with the choral ensembles and a major works program in the spring with the College Choir. Typically, the orchestra is made up of circa 60 student string players and a classical wind component with appropriate percussion and keyboard musicians. Faculty specialists coach each section of the orchestra, including Dr. Philip Ficsor (upper strings), John Sant'Ambrogio (lower strings), and Dr. Paul Mori (wind, brass and percussion).

Over the Sierras - Orchestra Roadtrip Spring 2013

During President's Weekend in February 2013 the Westmont College Orchestra will leave Santa Barbara for a 5-day roadtrip from Santa Barbara to Grass Valley with concert stops in Carson City, Yosemite, Mariposa, & Los Angeles along the way. Their tour begin on Friday, February 15 and will continue through Tuesday, February 19. If you would like to receive email updates while the orchestra is on tour, please email to be added to the mailing list. Also check out the Orchestra's Facebook page for updates from students and directors throughout the tour.

Adopt-A-Musician 2012-13

Aaron WilkThe Music Department is excited to introduce this year's Adopt-A-Musician program! Through this program, you will have the unique opportunity to be paired with an orchestra musician for the 2012-13 Season!

Westmont concert-goers and music supporters may "adopt" a musician from the Westmont Orchestra for $100. Please spread the word to your friends and other orchestra enthusiasts!

All funds received through this program will go toward supporting these students' performances and their tour expenses. Our goal is for every musician to have a season adopter by the end of the fall semester. No orphans left behind!

It is our hope that this program will cultivate new support for the orchestra and provide a unique relationship opportunity for you with our orchestra musicians. As a musical "parent" you will have the chance to mingle and get to know your adoptee at each concert, where you can meet and greet him or her during intermission or after the concert.

Each adopter will receive an Adopt-A-Musician card that will include a sparkling photo and some basic information about your student musician. You will be able to wear your musician's card on a Westmont lanyard at each concert, so you will be clearly identified as their musical adopter.

Please email for more information on how to join in the fun!

Check out our Adopt-A-Musician Facebook photo album at this link!

About Westmont

Westmont College is a Christian liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1200 students located in the hills above Santa Barbara, California. Westmont College's mission is to be an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.

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