Berkshire Symphony

Concerts & Auditions

2017 Student Open House/Audition Info
Wed Sep 6|Bernhard Music Center|2:30 PM
Ensemble Auditions for Wind Instrumentalists
Sat Sep 9|Bernhard Music Center Room 30|2:00 PM
Ensemble Auditions for Strings
Sun Sep 10|Bernhard Music Center Room 30|12:00 PM
Berkshire Symphony
Fri Oct 13|Chapin Hall|8:00 PM
Berkshire Symphony
Fri Nov 17|Chapin Hall|8:00 PM
Recital for Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition
Wed Feb 7|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall|7:00 PM
Recital for Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition
Sun Feb 11|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall|3:00 PM
Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition
Tue Feb 13|Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall|6:00 PM
Berkshire Symphony
Fri Mar 2|Chapin Hall|8:00 PM
Berkshire Symphony Family Concert
Sat Mar 3|Chapin Hall|2:00 PM
Berkshire Symphony Student Soloist Gala
Fri Apr 20|Chapin Hall|8:00 PM

The Berkshire Symphony is a 75-member symphonic orchestra comprising, in roughly equal proportions, Williams College music students, Williams music faculty members, and area professionals. The Symphony performs music by a range of composers, including Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, and Wagner. Students are paired with their teachers and mentors throughout the rehearsal period and throughout the performance season. Seated this way, the students are exposed to a level of professionalism and discipline that is rare in an educational setting. At the same time, the students’ infectious enthusiasm contributes to the Berkshire Symphony’s remarkable energy and rich sound. Four concerts are presented each season. The goal is to expose students to a broad range of symphonic repertory, while maintaining a commitment to perform music by living and American composers.

Each of the five rehearsals before a concert allows students to perfect their ensemble and listening skills. Intonation, accurate rhythm, balance, and period style are all developed as students become familiar with important stylistic elements and performance practices associated with each composer.

Students compete in the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Competition for a chance to perform a solo in the Berkshire Symphony’s final concert of the season. This final concert also features new compositions by student composers.

The Berkshire Symphony was founded in 1946 and is directed by Ronald Feldman.

Membership in the Berkshire Symphony is by audition only.
The Berkshire Symphony generally has five rehearsals in the two weeks preceding each concert
Tuesday, 7:30-10:00pm
Thursday, 7:30-10:00pm
Sunday, 3:00-5:30pm

Performances

  • 7:30

    Claire Leyden '16 Performs "Glitter and Be Gay" at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert

    Claire Leyden '16 Performs "Glitter and Be Gay" at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert

    On April 25, 2014, soprano Claire Leyden '16 performed "Glitter and Be Gay" from 'Candide' at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
    On April 25, 2014, soprano Claire Leyden '16 performed "Glitter and Be Gay" from 'Candide' at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
  • 11:25

    Lysander Jaffe '14 Performs at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert

    Lysander Jaffe '14 Performs at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert

    On April 25, 2014, student and violist Lysander Jaffe '14 performed George Enescu's "Concertpiece for Viola and Orchestra" at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
    On April 25, 2014, student and violist Lysander Jaffe '14 performed George Enescu's "Concertpiece for Viola and Orchestra" at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
  • 13:00

    Joyce Lee '17 Performs at Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert

    Joyce Lee '17 Performs at Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert

    On April 25, 2014, student and pianist Joyce Lee '17 performed Sergei Rachmaninoff's 'Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, opus 18' at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
    On April 25, 2014, student and pianist Joyce Lee '17 performed Sergei Rachmaninoff's 'Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, opus 18' at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
  • 36:20

    The Rite of Spring - The Berkshire Symphony

    The Rite of Spring - The Berkshire Symphony

    On March 8 and 9, 2013, The Berkshire Symphony, in collaboration with the Williams music, dance, and theatre departments, staged Igor Stravinksy's "The Rite of Spring." This event included the Berkshire Symphony performing Stravinksy's "The Rite" -- seen here.
    On March 8 and 9, 2013, The Berkshire Symphony, in collaboration with the Williams music, dance, and theatre departments, staged Igor Stravinksy's "The Rite of Spring." This event included the Berkshire Symphony performing Stravinksy's "The Rite" -- seen here.
  • 8:29

    Alicia Choi, Korngold Violin Concerto in D, op. 35, I. Moderato nobile

    Alicia Choi, Korngold Violin Concerto in D, op. 35, I. Moderato nobile

    Alicia Choi, violin Julian Kuerti, conductor Berkshire Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars, April 25, 2009 www.aliciachoi.com
    Alicia Choi, violin Julian Kuerti, conductor Berkshire Symphony Orchestra Rising Stars, April 25, 2009 www.aliciachoi.com
  • 13:43

    Berkshire Symphony Performs 'Memorabilia'

    Berkshire Symphony Performs 'Memorabilia'

    On April 25, 2014, the Berkshire Symphony performed "Memorabilia," the composition thesis of Sato Matsui '14, at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.
    On April 25, 2014, the Berkshire Symphony performed "Memorabilia," the composition thesis of Sato Matsui '14, at the Berkshire Symphony Soloist Concert, directed by Ronald Feldman and conducted by Andrew Massey.