Chamber Orchestra Academy

Salisbury University’s Chamber Orchestra Academy helps students develop their musical skills in a concentrated setting. Students enhance their playing through technique sessions, sectionals, master classes and orchestra rehearsals as they work in solo, small group, and ensemble settings. Exploration in alternate styles is also offered. The course culminates in performance experience as they participate in a final showcase concert at Third Friday in Downtown Salisbury.

What You Need to Know

Audience: Students entering grades 9-12
- July 13-17
- Final showcase: 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with the final showcase 5 to 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 p.m. July 18
Cost: $300 total
Qualifications: Students should be prepared to play a short solo piece, scale of their choice and sight reading selection for placement auditions.

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Program Highlights

Participants in the orchestra academy will:

  • Strengthen their musical skills in both small group and ensemble settings
  • Enhance their playing with technique sessions, sectionals, master classes and full orchestral rehearsals
  • Experience a college-level ensemble atmosphere
  • Learn from professional musicians who will guide them to a final concert
  • Acquire performance experience with a public showcase

Academy Instructors

Dr. Sachiho Murasugi, violin and viola, has performed extensively as a professional orchestral and chamber musician. She has been concertmaster of the Sorg Opera Orchestra in Ohio and Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico, and a member of the West Virginia Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Spain in such venues as the Museo del Prado in Madrid. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Grant and was selected to the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artist Program as a member of the Sandhill Trio. A dedicated teacher, she has taught violin, viola and chamber music at several colleges including Union College in Lincoln, NE, and University of Dayton in Ohio. Murasugi holds music performance degrees from Manhattan School of Music and CUNY Queens College, and a D.M.A. from Ohio State University.

Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, cello and bass, graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Lawrence Lesser. He earned his D.M.A. from Stony Brook as a student of Timothy Eddy. He has received many awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Chamber Music Rural Residency Grant, Tanglewood Festival’s Gustav Golden Award and Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study with cellist William Pleeth in London. Schoyen has extensive orchestral experience and has been a member of the Opera Orchestra of New York, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Cellist of the Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico. An active chamber musician and recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico and Spain. His most recent recital tour included the cities of Cuenca and Guayaquil in Ecuador. He has taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Dayton.