Classical music filled the air at the Crusader Chamber Orchestra’s annual winter concert, performed before the start of Christendom’s Christmas Break this past month. Performing an assortment of pieces, from “Fantasia on Greensleeves” to “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” the orchestra wowed with their precision and the beauty of their music, creating even more excitement for their next concert this spring.

The chamber orchestra was first created in 2015, with the mission of bringing together the college’s most talented classical musicians. The student-run club meets weekly to practice classical music together, with the aim of performing the pieces at an end of the semester concert in the fall and in the spring.

Under the direction of senior Emma Klein, the orchestra spent the semester practicing ten separate pieces, which were performed for the Christendom community at the concert. The pieces ranged from the classics of Bach to more modern Christmas pieces, including “Sleigh Ride,” revealing the range of the student musicians.

Christendom does not have a fine arts major, but this fact allows even more students to try out for the orchestra, bringing together an even wider array of musicians as a result. From strings to clarinet to percussion, students are able to showcase their talent for the entire community while growing as musicians at the same time.

When students return to campus this coming week, the orchestra will launch into practices for its spring recital right off the bat. These practices will provide students with the opportunity to use and develop their musical talents, while also building an exciting new repertoire.

Interested students are invited by the orchestra to shadow weekly rehearsals. For more information, contact Emma Klein at emma.klein@christendom.edu.

View more from this and other concerts here.

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