A private comprehensive liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, UT, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in liberal arts and professional programs. Website
Chamber Orchestra


Westminster Chamber OrchestraWestminster Chamber Orchestra

Dr. Brandon Derfler, Conductor







Auditions: Auditions are required of all new community members of the orchestra. The audition date for Fall 2014 is Wednesday, August 20th (first day of classes) at 6pm in the Rehearsal Room (Ground Floor of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts). Returning orchestra members do not have to re-audition.

Eligibility: The Chamber Orchestra is open to all Westminster students/faculty/staff, and members of the community. String, woodwind, brass, and percussion players are welcome! Intermediate to advanced instrumental proficiency is expected of everyone. At least one major concert is given on campus each semester, and some performances combine orchestral and choral forces. The class can be taken for credit or audited by Westminster students.

You will be asked to perform the following in your audition: 1) One major scale of your choice, three octaves if possible (memorized); 2) one minor scale of your choice, two octaves (memorized); 3) a prepared solo piece that represents your best playing. Please bring an extra photocopy of the score of your prepared piece; 4) sight reading of excerpts from the orchestral repertoire. Auditions do determine seating; however, we do not seat in rank order from top to bottom. Sections are balanced for strength and seating rotation is possible throughout the season.

To reserve an audition time and for directions, please contact Dr. Brandon Derfler at 801.832.2441 or bderfler@westminstercollege.edu

Uniforms: Concert black. Specifics regarding dress and the meaning of "concert black" will be attached to the syllabus each semester.


December 2, 2013, 7:30PM
"An Evening of Firsts", Vieve Gore Concert Hall

April 21, 2014, 7:30PM
Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert, Vieve Gore Concert Hall

Featuring the winners of the 2nd Annual Student Concerto Competition

 Gordon Jacob: Bassoon Concerto (Kathleen Hunter, bassoon)

 George Frideric Handel: "Tornami a vagheggiar"  from Alcina (Kelli Burke-Gabossi, soprano)

 David Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody (Chris Mansfield, cello)

 Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64