Symphony Orchestra

The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra is a group that varies in size and repertoire from that of chamber orchestra to full philharmonic dimensions. Formed in the 1950s, it has actively performed standard symphonic repertoire ever since. The group presents concerts of major orchestral works each semester. In addition, it accompanies the choirs, operas and student winners of the Concerto-Aria Competition.

CHRISTOPHER FASHUN, CONDUCTOR

Christopher Fashun, DMA, is an assistant professor of music at Goshen College where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra, directs the Lavender Jazz Ensemble, oversees the music education program, conducts the orchestras for musicals and opera, and teaches applied percussion.  In 2011, he became the music director of the Elkhart County Honors Youth Orchestra where he has the opportunity to work with talented high school musicians throughout Elkhart County. Dr. Fashun holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Saint Olaf College in Northfield (Minn.) and received his M.M. degree in percussion performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Iowa where he studied conducting with William LaRue Jones and viola with Christine Rutledge.

AUDIO SAMPLES

Title Performed by Composer
Symphony Orchestra Leonard Bernstein
Symphony Orchestra Emmanuel Chabrier
Symphony Orchestra Arturo Marquéz

UPCOMING CONCERTS

  • HOMECOMING MUSIC GALA

    Oct 4, 7:30 – 9 pm

    The annual GC Homecoming Music Gala will feature performances from the Goshen College Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s World Music Choir, and Symphony Orchestra.  Tickets available at goshen.edu/tickets or at the door as available.

  • GC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FALL CONCERT

    Nov 21, 7:30 – 9 pm

    The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun, will present their fall concert in Sauder Concert Hall.

  • A FESTIVAL OF CAROLS: SATURDAY PERFORMANCE

    Dec 6, 7:30 – 9 pm

    Goshen College’s eleventh annual A Festival of Carols will feature Goshen College ensembles, faculty, and students in a musical celebration of the season, all inside a festively decorated Sauder Concert Hall.  Tickets: $15, available online at goshen.edu/tickets beginning Monday, November 4. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

  • A FESTIVAL OF CAROLS: SUNDAY PERFORMANCE

    Dec 7, 4 – 5:30 pm

    Goshen College’s eleventh annual A Festival of Carols will feature Goshen College ensembles, faculty, and students in a musical celebration of the season, all inside a festively decorated Sauder Concert Hall.  Tickets: $15, available online at goshen.edu/tickets beginning Monday, November 4. Patrons are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

  • 55TH ANNUAL CONCERTO-ARIA CONCERT

    Feb 7, 2015, 7:30 – 9 pm

    Goshen College student winners of the 2014-15 Concerto-Aria Competition will perform with the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 seniors/students, available online at goshen.edu/tickets or at the door as available.

  • GC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT

    Apr 17, 2015, 7:30 – 9 pm

    The Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun, will present their Spring Concert in Sauder Concert Hall. Tickets $7 adults, $5 seniors/students, available at the door one hour before the concert.

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