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Susquehanna University Orchestral Summit and Mini-Tour 
July 7-13, 2024

For 38 High School string players, nominated to serve as "ambassadors" by their directors

• Learn string orchestral literature in SU's welcoming music facility:  Selinsgrove, PA

• Experience Washington, DC and Hershey Park

• Perform at venues on the road:  Alexandria, VA and Hershey, PA

• Return to SU for final performance

WELCOMING our 31 musicians, hailing from Ontario, Virginia, New York, and PA!

Co-Directors Zachary Levi & Jennifer Sacher WIley
a new initiative of the Susquehanna University music department

in consultation with our esteemed colleagues 
Advisory Board
Brian Buterbaugh • Michael Gamon • Veronica Jackson • LaShae Willits

Mission:  The Susquehanna University Orchestra Summit & Mini-Tour seeks to increase opportunities for cross-cultural connections among young orchestral musicians.  With music as a connecting language for scholarship and performance, the summit of students and directors is an oasis for intensive orchestral playing and thoughtful communication, promoting cultural empathy and musical growth. The resulting orchestra, encompassing musical ambassadors from participating organizations, will provide a mini-touring experience to major metropolitan areas of the northeast for young musicians.


Schedule & Fees

Sunday, July 7- Saturday, July 13, 2024

Cost per student: $875* 

Susquehanna University

Sunday, 7/7 Arrival, rehearsal

Monday & Tuesday 7/8-7/9

Rehearsals, Seminars, Classes

(click HERE for details)

On the Road (click HERE for more info)

Wednesday, 7/10

Washington DC touring & fun

Evening rehearsal

Overnight in Alexandria, VA


Thursday, 7/11

Concert: Alexandria High School

Rehearsal & overnight in Hershey

Friday, 7/12

Concert: Hershey Area High School

Fun in Hershey Park

Susquehanna University

Friday, 7/12

Overnight in dorms

FInal party & rehearsal

Saturday, 7/13

Farewell concert


* Includes all but two meals on tour, FInancial aid available for students who demonstrate need

Repertoire, Summer 2024 
Mozart Adagio & Fugue, K. 546; Jerod Tate Chokfi';  Grieg "The Last Spring" from Elegiac; Tchaikovsky "Finale" from Serenade for Strings
Participating Organizations

Kawartha Youth Orchestra: Petersborough, ON, Canada (special International guests)

Veritas Academy, PA • Rush-Henrietta Symphonic Orchestra, NY • Lewisburg Area HS, PA • Victor High School, NY • Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School •  Penfield HS, NY • Lake Braddock Secondary School, VA • Gettysburg HS, PA • Lower Dauphin HS, PA • Baldwin HS, NY • Harmonia School of Music, VA, Emmaus HS, PA, Cumberland Valley HS, PA, Owen J Roberts HS

Our Directors at SU and in the Community

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