Elizabethtown College-Community Orchestra

The Elizabethtown College-Community Orchestra is conducted by Robert Spence. It features 84 people in the ensemble, entirely comprised of wind, string, and percussion instruments. The orchestra performs a variety of string orchestra and full orchestra. Any student can join the Community Orchestra, there aren’t even auditions required for string players. You will need permission to join if you wish to play wind or percussion, however.

Founded in 1971, the Elizabethtown College-Community Orchestra has been playing at least one concert a semester for over 40 years. At this event, Robert Spence gave recognition to new five and ten-year orchestra members. Before the event started, several songs were played by a few different student ensembles. All Elizabethtown College-Community Orchestra concerts take place in Leffler Chapel, and are free and open to the public. No meal swipes required.

“Uh well, I suppose I was interested in joining the orchestra because this is something that I’ve done since 3rd grade actually. I played the cello since 7th grade, and it’s just something I’ve always really enjoyed doing; and I just thought, ‘Why not continue it in College?’”

“Hi, I’m Melissa Germano and I went to the concert today. I am not a musical person whatsoever, but I came to support one of my best friends and former peer students because that’s what I’m supposed to do, and I really liked it a lot.”

Many standing ovations were had from the crowd, many thanks to Robert Spence and the orchestra for putting on a fantastic show.


Zug Memorial Hall, the oldest building on the E-town college campus, houses many campus offices.

Anchor: I’m outside Zug Memorial Hall. This is a place that house Elizabethtown College’s business office, Hess gallery, and financial aid department; but in the basement, few people have found that there’s a vibrant community.

The basement houses the college music department. In addition to music studies, classrooms can also be used by the various music clubs, specifically the Bachelor of Arts in Music Organization, BAMO for short. BAMO has garnered quite the campus fanbase over the years. I sat down with the club president, Steven Roldan, to learn about BAMO’s mission.

Steven Roldan, president: Well, BAMO’s mission is to spread music and provide opportunities for musicians on campus to execute music.

BAMO has an open-door policy, meaning students of any major can join.

Noah Abbe, secretariat: It used to be that we would just do BAMO for music people, but now it’s anyone who does music.

The club is currently rehearsing for their Night in the City concert, scheduled on March 28th.

Roldan: Also, we go out into the community and we try and either play music people. Maybe for ourselves or maybe for other people. And, we also just want to have all the memes.

In Elizabethtown, Kenyon Tarquinio, wetown.org.

Elizabethtown Thanksgiving

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This may seem like chaos at other colleges, but for Etown, this is home. Here the lines wrap around the Brossman Commons where students wait in line to take family style group photos. No matter your major, year, or what you’re doing, this is the place to be. Even if you’re stuck posing for a little longer than necessary.

Miranda Fedor, class of 2021, had many positive things to say about this Thanksgiving tradition. ” So my favorite thing about coming to the Thanksgiving dinner is just the feel of it. I feel it is just very relaxed, because normally when we are eating dinner, it’s like ‘okay now we have to go do stuff’ right after instead of just enjoying it. There is going to be good food and it kinda just gets me ready for the break coming up. It’s just a good dinner.”

In addition, students are served by faculty, staff members including some of their friends from catering.

From Wetown.org, this is Pleasant Sprinkle-Williams wishing you all a happy holidays.

Etown’s College-Community Orchestra

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The Elizabethtown College-Community Orchestra presented its Fall Concert in Leffler Chapel, last Sunday, November 18th. The conductor and Director of this concert is Etown’s very own Dr. Robert Spence.

This Orchestra contains 84 members, with students and community members alike. It features works by Wagner, Bourgeois, Bernstein, and Copland. An Orchestra has violins, violas, cellos, bass, trumpets, French horns trombones, and oboes and percussion, String and wind instruments.

During the concert, Dr. Spence gave special recognition to five, and ten-year orchestra member veterans from the community.
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I was able to catch Violinist Rachel Rhoads, after the concert. “The instrument I play is the Violin. I’ve been playing the Violin for almost 12 years. I can’t just pick one song that was my favorite that we played tonight it would definitely be a tie between the Cello Concerto we played and Journey to the line.”

Rachel Has a strong passion for music just like some of the audience members that were in attendance. I was able to catch up with one after the concert. Eli Kuklinski is another student of Dr. Spence but Eli is in the band which is also directed and conducted by Dr. Spence.

“I’ve been to about four concerts here, I think, three or four. Um, I’m a student of Dr. Spences, I’m in the band with him and I liked this concert because they did a song with seventeen percussionists and it was the coolest thing.”

Etown’s College-Community Program held a list of songs that they played some of which are Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner, Serenade by Derek Bourgeois and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Weinberg, which contained a soloist, whose name is Greg Flury on the cello.
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Volunteer opportunities

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There are many different types of volunteer opportunities offered. There are events held on campus, service trips, and mentoring programs. Some examples of campus events are: Into the Streets and Into the Campus. Both are service days in which students participate in projects on and outside of campus.  Service trips are offered to all students and take place in many different areas. “The college also offers mentoring programs, such as Moving Forward and Building Bridges.  In these programs Etown students connect with other high students within the area.” For students requiring financial aid, work study is offered. These students complete service projects in return for financial support. There are also opportunities through academics. Community based learning is an example of this.  Communications major Mikenna Lehane talks about the benefits of getting involved.

“I think volunteering is important because it’s a great way to give back to the community and help others. I have done a number of activities in the past, like helping out with the blood center and helping lobotomists on the floor while people were donating.” Lehane said.

Volunteering may also help future employment. Students can put these experiences on their resume or grad school applications and use them as interview topics. Volunteering also gives them skills, such as leadership, that can be applied to any job.  Student Assistant for the Center of Community and Civic Engagement, Emily Barber, tells us about the importance of volunteer work.  “I think that students should volunteer because it really gives an awesome opportunity to grow in yourself and help other’s I think it’s important to meet other people an interact with the greater community,” Barber said.

Students can find more information about volunteer opportunities on the Community for civic engagement webpage. There are also posters about upcoming events hanging in the BSC.  In Elizabethtown, Jamie Verrekia, wetown. org



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