Noteworthy: AU Piano Symphony is an eight-person ensemble of students who typically play one or more pianos at a time; most pieces require two to three students per piano.
Members of this piano ensemble are encouraged to select their own repertoire and compose their own arrangements. While the group meets with its coach, Associate Professor of Music Dr. Howard Kim, once per week, members also arrange additional, student-led rehearsals where they critique and mentor each other.
Noteworthy performs classical music, movie themes, and well-known pieces, such as “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The group also performs pieces that feature only two or three students. Members are encouraged to compose selections that cater specifically for their larger ensemble.
In addition to music, the group’s performances include staging and other theatrical elements. Noteworthy has performed in churches, schools, concerts, and for the President’s Gala. It is the featured ensemble in AU’s annual Festival of Keys concert, which also showcases accomplished pianists. Not limited to acoustic pianos, the ensemble also has performed transcriptions and original works on synthesizers. This instrumental flexibility adds diversity to Noteworthy’s repertoire.
An audition is required to join Noteworthy demonstrating the ability to play and read piano music. Scholarships are available, depending on the quality of the student’s audition and the needs of the ensemble. If you are interested in joining Noteworthy, please contact Dr. Howard Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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