The Genesee Symphony Orchestra is "in residence" at Genesee Community College this year - and hopefully in future years - President Stuart Steiner reported to the Board of Trustees this evening.
"In residence" status means that the College will be home to the Orchestra. Performances will be held in the Stuart Steiner Theatre, except for a planned June 4 fundraiser concert in the William W. Stuart Forum. Genesee students will have the opportunity to audition for the Genesee Symphony and polish their instrumental skills by playing with the Orchestra, and earn academic credit in Music. Genesee music students will also be able to attend Genesee Symphony rehearsals.
Across the nation, many community orchestras consider local colleges a home, President Stuart Steiner told the Board. The partnership between Genesee Community College and the Genesee Symphony Orchestra is a natural one, since both organizations are committed to enhancing the region's cultural heritage, he said.
"I am delighted to welcome the Genesee Symphony to our Batavia Campus, and to forming this exciting new partnership," Dr. Steiner said. "The Genesee Symphony has a long and distinguished history of service to this community, and a record of excellence. The College has an outstanding arts program and a wonderful theatre facility. It makes perfect sense to make the College's theatre the 'home' of the Genesee Symphony."
On March 6, the Genesee Symphony's Young People's Concert attendees at Genesee heard the Dvorak 9th Symphony ("New World") and a string work featuring youth from February's GSO String Workshop; Greig's Piano A-minor Piano Concerto with soloist Michael Joy, and Benjamin Britten's "Young People's Guide to the Orchestra."
The next concert is an April 10th "GSO Afternoon with Jazz" in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee, featuring Gap Mangione and his All-Star Big Band. Other Genesee Symphony information can be accessed at www.genesee.symphony.com or by calling (585) 343-9313, ext. 32.
In other business this evening, the Board of Trustees:
•Accepted a router and port switch from Cisco Systems for use in the College's Cisco networking academies. The donated equipment is worth $1,600.
•Heard Vice President for Students George W. Walker report that 1,229 prospective full-time students had applied for fall semester admission to Genesee as of February 23, up 12.3% from the 1,094 students who had applied for admission a year ago on that date. President Steiner reported that 5,179 students are attending classes at Genesee today, up 3.7% from the 4,992 students attending one year ago.
•Heard Vice President for Finance and Operations Patrick E. Richey report that pre-construction work on the new student union building will begin this week after final contract execution. Contractors are expected to begin bringing supplies and equipment to the Batavia Campus in the next one to two weeks, he said.
•Viewed a 6 Â½ minute video of recent televised news report on Genesee Community College's growth. The video contained clips from RNEWS and WROC-TV in Rochester and WKBW-TV in Buffalo. The television stations produced stories on Genesee after learning that the College was the 8th fastest-growing mid-sized community college in the nation last year.