Orchestral Music at UW-L

Symphony Orchestra

The UW-La Crosse Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra with between 70 to 80 student members. In the last fifteen years the orchestra has grown from 17 members to its present size and the orchestra's concert schedule has grown from two concerts per year to four or five each semester.

The orchestra tours each year in the tri-state region and every four or five years takes a major tour. The Symphony Orchestra's repertoire is drawn from a wide variety of musical periods and styles. It includes everything from Bach and Beethoven to Sondheim and the Beetles. Soloists include talented UW-L students, members of the UW-L music faculty, performers from the area and nationally known professional musicians.

Chamber Orchestra

The Chamber Orchestra is a thirty-two piece ensemble drawn from the best performers in the Symphony Orchestra. Auditions are held the first week of classes in the fall. The Chamber Orchestra concentrates on music written for the small orchestra including literature from all periods. The Chamber Orchestra represents the university at a number of community functions and performs one or two concerts per semester.

String Faculty

Dr. David Phipps, Violin

Dr. David Phipps has been a member of the faculty at The UW-La Crosse for ten years. His undergraduate degree is from The Cornish Institute in Seattle, Washington. He holds Master and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees from The University of Iowa.

Dr. Phipps is currently serving as Concertmaster of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and for the last three years he has been Conductor and Music Director of the La Crosse Youth Symphony. He has soloed with the La Crosse Symphony and the on three occasions with the UW-L Symphony.

In addition to his private teaching, Dr. Phipps coaches the Annett String Quartet and teaches Music Appreciation.

Ms. Karyn Quinn, Bass

Karyn Quinn is Bass and Jazz Studies Instructor at The UW-La Crosse. She received her Master of Music in String Bass Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from The University of Northern Colorado where she studies with Edward Krolick. Karyn was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study with bassist, Rufus Reed and has performed in a master class for Gary Karr.

Ms. Quinn is currently Principal Bassist with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra where two of her UW-L students join her in the section. Prior to moving to La Crosse, she was Principal Bassist in the Keweenaw Symphony in Houghton, Michigan and a member of the bass section in the Cheyenne Symphony in Wyoming.

Karyn is an active member of The International Association of Bassists and The American String Teachers Association. She maintains a busy schedule as a clinician, freelance bassist and author. In addition to performing in the classical genre, she is an accomplished jazz bassist. Her electric bass method books, Bass Sessions, are published by Kjos Music Company.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available for all instruments

For more information contact:

Dr. Thomas Seddon, jseddon@uwlax.edu
Director of Orchestral Activities
Department of Music
UW- La Crosse
1725 State Street
La Crosse , WI 54601
608-785-8409