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Symphony Orchestra
12.04.21 | Armstrong Concert Hall
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Symphony Orchestra


Jan Wagner, artistic director and conductor

Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Armstrong Concert Hall
Shenandoah Conservatory

I’m troubled in mind


MiKayla Hatfield, soprano

Symphonic Variations on an African Air, op. 63

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875–1912)

Caprice No. 24, Theme

Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840)

Rachel Zhao, violin

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)

Alexander Bernstein,* piano

- intermission - 

Video Introduction to Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations by David Owen Norris 

Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, op. 36 (“Enigma” - “For My Friends Pictured Within”)

I. Caroline Alice Elgar
II. Hew David Steuart-Powell
III. Richard Baxter Townshend
IV. William Meath Baker
V. Richard Penrose Arnold
VI. Ysobel
VII. Troyte
VIII. Winifred Norbury
IX. Nimrod
X. Dorabella
XI. George Robertson Sinclair
XII. Basil G. Nevinson
XIII. ***

Edward Elgar (1857–1934)

*denotes Shenandoah Conservatory faculty

Meet the Conductor
Jan Wagner
Symphony Orchestra

Sheila DuMont^+
Dane Frandsen*
Rosalee Discenza (piccolo^)
Khepesh Imhotep (piccolo*)


Mathuin Smith+ (English horn^)
Zachary Gnall
Lillian Mathews*^


Erin Eady+
Peter Mattson*
Jalen Mims 
Yu Wang^


Clair Cangialosi*^ (contrabassoon+)
Brenda Herrera
Kaelin Walton+


Scout Kirkham^
Addison Ashley
Ethan Hahn+
Nicholas Peretti*


Duncan Moore^+
Noah Van Deventer*
Jacob Ford


Sarah Thompson^+
Talbot Jennings*
Gabriel Stachour (Bass Trombone*^+)


Mark Swortzel*^+


Brynn Olden
Serenity Flores*^+


Jacob Ruthier
Sam Bradshaw
Austin Dettor
Alex Gamboa
Jack Kerness
Chance Morris


Rachel Zhao^+*
Ashley Crawford
Bryan Pabellon
Elena Ross 
Ethan Hemmings
Tajai Shorter 
Nicholas Whitley
Emmeline Pasquerette


Emily Ilyes*^+
Kyrie Beiler
Douglas Brown
Danielle Lopez
Meredith Kennedy
Conor Cook
Luna Love-Hoffmann
Kailbeth Chacin#


Jaylon Hayes-Keller +
Jacob Adamson*^
Alyssa Cabassa
Hannah "Sky" Hill
Gavin Barricklow 
Charles Robertello
Franchezka Lynn Matundan
Sara Corrieri
Niyah Gransbury


Edward Cho+
John Keane*^
Alex Corley 
Matthew Reffner 
Bethany Hovermale 
Kristian Dillon
Sophia Alvini-Moore 
Benjamin Figgs 
Kalysta Bryant


Brooke Rittner*^+
Raegan Fisher
Logan Unger
Michael Daly 
Jack Penland
Charles Perry

* principal Coleridge-Taylor
^ principal Rachmaninoff
+ principal Elgar
# Shenandoah University alumnus

SCSO Staff

Gonzalo Hidalgo, assistant conductor
Tajai Shorter, orchestra librarian
Kyrie Beiler, orchestra librarian
Megan Frederick, orchestra librarian
Matthew Reffner, orchestra librarian

2022 Chile Tour

2022 Symphony Orchestra Chile Tour

The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) is planning to embark on its next international tour to Chile in May 2022! Under the leadership of Conductor, Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting Jan Wagner, the orchestra has been reinvited by the Beethoven Foundation, Chile’s largest and most prestigious performing arts organization, to perform in Santiago, Chile’s capital.

Additional performances in the cities of Valparaiso, Talca and Chillán; outreach opportunities; cultural visits and more are in the works.

Assistant Professor of Piano Alexander Bernstein ’16, one of the newest additions to Shenandoah Conservatory’s esteemed faculty, will be the featured soloist during the tour.

Support the Tour

Although SCSO members commit to cover a large portion of the expenses to fund this project, additional financial support is needed to offset the extraordinary costs involved in international travel. Visit www.su.edu/chiletour to donate today. Add “Chile Tour” in the comments section under “Additional Information” to designate your gift.

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Contact Shenandoah Conservatory Director of Development Melanie L. Mathewes to explore additional ways to support the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming tour.

Melanie L. Mathewes
Shenandoah Conservatory Director of Development
mmathewe@su.edu | (540) 665-4733

Thank you for supporting the members of the SCSO and their 2022 Chile Tour!

Shenandoah University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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Melanie L. Mathewes
Shenandoah Conservatory Director of Development
mmathewe@su.edu  |  (540) 665-4733

Shenandoah University is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.