Pioneer is known for its Grammy-winning music program. With such a high calibre of musicianship among the student body, it’s hard not to be proud of the products of such a concerted effort. One group of students in particular is hard at working proving to the Ann Arbor community just how far this prize-winning combination of talent and dedication can reach: the new Pioneer Chamber Orchestra.
“The purpose of PCO is to foster musical and personal relationships in the unique setting of a chamber orchestra,” said concertmaster Giancarlo Latta. Chamber orchestras like PCO are usually smaller in size than a typical full orchestra; they tend to play repertoire intended for smaller orchestras/chamber groups.
The ensemble is completely conductor-less. Instead, they rely on cues from each other to lead, according to the group’s website (www.blog.pioneerchamberorchestra.com). Sometimes it can be challenging to learn to work without a conductor, but the group seems to be making great strides in demonstrating the level of musicianship necessary to do so.
The extracurricular ensemble had their first concert on Oct. 19 at the University of Michigan School of Music’s Britton Recital Hall.
On the program were a variety of works by composers including—but not limited to—such musical greats as Puccini and Tchaikovsky. “We feel as though our first concert went very well,” Latta says. The ensemble continues on their streak of success as they prepare to head to Providence, R.I., in March for the National Orchestra Festival, in which they will be competing and performing.
“We’re really excited for such an amazing opportunity,” Latta says.