St. Mary's University Music Department, Winona, Minnesota

Chamber Orchestra

The St. Mary's Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2007 in order to provide the best opportunities for SMU students and Winona Community members to perform wonderful orchestral repertoire in the SMU and Winona Community.

The Chamber Orchestra is primarily composed of Saint Mary's students and wonderful musicians from the Winona community, conducted and directed by Music Director Dr. David Leung.  The Chamber Orchestra presents a series of public and outreach concerts in Figliulo Recital Hall and the Minnesota community each year.    The Fall Semester auditions take place during the first week of classes, with auditions-by-appointment available during the academic year. Please contact Music Director, Dr. David Leung, at for more information. 


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*Announcing the 2013-14 Saint Mary's Chamber Orchestra Season!*

The 2013-2014 season features exciting collaborations with various world-class visiting artists, in addition to our very own SMU faculty members and the SMU Choir.   The new season features masterworks by Handel, Britten, Telemann, Haydn, Vivaldi, Charpentier and Schubert, just to name a few.

The new season begins with a special tribute - "Happy Birthday, Benjamin Britten!" The English composer Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913 so we gladly celebrate his centenary this year! This highly anticipated concert will include his two of his most famous works - Simple Symphony for Strings and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. To continue our Four Seasons cycle from last year, Dr. Kyle Black from the Modern and Classical Department will once again recite inspiring sonnets for us between the movements of Summer Concerto by Vivaldi! A truly remarkable program awaits! 

From Britten, we move to an all-Baroque musical feast in February. Our first spring concert will be a true "Baroque Fantastia", featuring Mr. Erik Floan, our very own faculty member of organ and Professor Maureen Yuen, a distinguished member of the violin faculty of State of New York, Fredonia. Mr. Floan will be performing the ever charming organ concerto "Cuckoo and Nightingale" by Handel with the orchestra on the powerful organ at the downtown Central Lutheran Church, while Maureen and I will be playing another powerful Baroque gem, the ever-popular Bach Double Concerto for two violins! Definitely not a concert to be missed! 

Last but not least, the Season Finale Concert will be full of "Elegance and Drama". We will continue our Four Seasons Cycle with the lively and stormy Summer Concerto by Vivaldi, with Dr. Kyle Black from the Languages Department reciting beautiful sonnets for us. After mesmerizing our audience with his fantastic performance of the Mozart Concertante last year, we invite Dr. Jason Sah back from Colombia to perform the moving and elegant Viola concerto by Telemann, followed by the charming yet dramatic symphony No. 85 "the Queen" by the Classical symphony master, Joseph Haydn (quite appropriate performed in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year of coronation!).  

We hope you will join us for all these exciting performances, and encourage all who are interested in performing to contact me ( for details.  See you at these wonderful concerts! 

David Leung     


The 2013-2014 SEASON      

Concert I: "Happy Birthday, Benjamin Britten!" (Dec 8, 2013; 7:30pm, Figliulo Recital Hall)   

Tchakovsky: Andante Cantabile

Borodin: Nocturne

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings 

Britten: Simple Symphony        

Featuring Artists:    TBA


Concert II: "Baroque Spectacular!" (Feb 16, 2014; 3pm...TBA; Central Lutheran Church) 

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D major 

Bach: Double Concerto in D minor for two violins and strings    

Handel: Organ Concerto in B Flat "Cuckoo and Nightingale"    

Featuring Artists:     Maureen Yuen, violin solo (violin faculty, State University of New York, Fredonia)    Erik Floan, organ solo (organ faculty, St Mary's University of Minnesota)  and Dr. David Leung, violin solo (SMU)  


Concert III: "Mastery and Majesty" (April 27, 2014, 3pm - Figliulo Recital Hall)       

Vivaldi: Summer Concerto from the Four Seasons

Telemann: Viola concerto in G      

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 "La Reine" (The Queen) 

Featuring Artist: Dr. Jason Sah, viola solo (Colombia); Dr. Kyle Black, sonnet recitation (Department of Modern and Classical Languages, SMU); Dr. David Leung, violin solo (SMU)   

Other Performances -  

1). Outreach concerts at the Sugar Loaf Senior Living on Mankato - details TBA 

2). Collaborations with SMU Chamber Singers on works by Schubert, Charpentier and Daniel Pinkham- details TBA             

3). Outreach performance at the Museum of Russian Arts in Minneapolis as a collaboration with the History and Languages Department for the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov in Russia.



The 2013-2014 SEASONI (coming soon, see latest news)
 Concert I - "Happy Birthday, Benjamin Britten!"


Britten: Serenade for Horn, Tenor and Strings
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile/Borodin: Nocturne

Britten: Simple Symphony

Featuring Artists: TBA

"Concert II - "Baroque Spectacular!"

Corelli: Concerto Grosso No. 4 in D

Handel: Organ concerto in B-flat Major, "Cuckoo and Nightingale"

Bach: Double Concerto For Two Violins

Featuring Artists:
Mr. Erik Floan (SMU, organ faculty), organ solo
Miss Maureen Yuen (State University of New York, Fredonia) and Dr. David Leung, violin solos
"Concert III - "Mastery and Majesty"
Vivaldi: Summer from the Four Seasons
Telemann: Viola Concerto in G Major

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat Major, "la Raine" (the Queen)

Featuring Artist: Dr. Jason Sah (Colombia), viola solo; Dr. Kyle Black (SMU), narrator; Dr. David Leung, violin solo

Other concerts:

1). Works by Charpentier and Daniel Pinkham with the SMU Chamber Singers (Dr. Patrick O'Shea, Director) (Dec 2013)

2). Performance in the Twin Cities in February at the Museum of Russian Arts with Russian Music (early Feb 2014)

3). Several Outreach concerts to the local Sugar Loaf Senior Living (usually one week before orchestra concerts)

***details TBA


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