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

Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Mary's University Chamber Orchestra (SMUCO) provides the best opportunities for all SMU students and Winona Community members to perform a wide range of classical orchestral repertoire within and outside the Winona Community, in addition to collaborations with many international and local artist-teachers each year.

The SMU Chamber Orchestra is under the direction of Music Director Dr. David Leung, an internationally active artist-teacher Assistant Professor of Violin at St. Mary's University.  The Chamber Orchestra presents a series of public concerts in the beautiful Figliulo Recital and in the greater Minnesota community every year, including Parkwood Shore in the Twin Cities, Sugar Loaf Senior Living, St. Mary of the Angels Chapel, Central Lutheran Church and St. Anne's Home here in Winona MN.

The Fall Semester auditions take place during the first week of classes, with auditions-by-appointment available during the academic year. Please contact Dr. Leung, at for more information. 

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Welcome to a new semester of Chamber Orchestra at SMU! We will have an informal sitting audition on September 1 at 7pm in the Figliulo Recital Hall. You don't have to sign up, just bring your instrument and play a few minutes of any prepared music for me. All are welcome!

Let me know if you have questions and I am looking forward to seeing you all on September 1st! Best,

Dr. Leung

PS. Here is the info for the first concert in December -

Chamber orchestra dec 6 7:30, Figliulo recital hall

"Nordic lights - celebrating 150th anniversary's Jean Sibelius' birth"


Peer Gynt suite no. 1, opus 46

2. Death of Åse
3. Anitra's Dance

Go to "parts",_Op.46_(Grieg,_Edvard)


spring concerto from the Four Seasons
Sonnet Narration: Dr. Kyle Black,_RV_269_(Vivaldi,_Antonio)


Canzonetta from Kuloema, opus 62,_Op.62_(Sibelius,_Jean)

Romance in C, opus 42,_Op.42_(Sibelius,_Jean)

Rakastaka, opus 14,_Op.14_(Sibelius,_Jean)

Andante festivo,_Jean)

The first SMU chamber orchestra concert of the season will be featuring a series of beautiful music for strings and percussion composed mainly by Scandinavian composers. As we finish the year 2015, we celebrate the life of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, who was born 150 years ago. We will perform some of his less known folk-based pieces, along with some familiar tunes from Peer Gynt suite no. 1 by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The concert will also feature the last concerto of our Four Seasons saga, the "spring concerto" by Antonio Vivaldi with Dr. Kyle Black from the Languages Department narrating again...yes, just little teaser from the upcoming spring!



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

The 2014-2015 season of St. Mary's University Chamber Orchestra includes continuing collaborations with more visiting artist-teachers, SMU faculty members and the SMU Choirs.   The new 2014-15 season features masterful works by Handel, J.S.Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Grieg and Estonian composer Arvo Part, just to name a few!

The new series begins with "the Magical French Horn" featuring SMU Music Facutly Tammy Bartz performing the charming first horn concerto by the prolific Joseph Haydn. Mozart wrote four very famous horn concertos, which have become the standards of today. However, not too many people are very familiar with the two horn concerts by Haydn, which are both masterpieces! To continue our Four Seasons saga from last year, Dr. Kyle Black from the Modern and Classical Department will once again recite inspiring sonnets for the Autumn Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi! Let the hunting and merry-making begin! In this concert, you can also enjoy Mendelssohn's youthful string symphony and the mysterious Summa by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Part, in honor of his upcoming 80th birthday in 2015.

From the magical French Horn, we move to "Heart Wounds. Last Spring." on February 15th (Valentine's Day Weekend!). Our first spring concert will feature a returning guest-artist - Professor Maureen Yuen from State of New York, Fredonia. Many of you enjoyed her Bach Double concerto with me at Central Luthern Church last year, so let's welcome Professor Yuen back to Winona again for more Bach! Professor Yuen will be leading as the soloist in Bach's immortal E major concerto for solo violin and orchestra. In light of St. Valentine's Day on Feb 14, we offer two Elegiac Melodies by Romantic Norwegian composer Edvarg Grieg, Corelli's soulful concerto grosso for two solo violins, solo cello and orchestra, and the break-breaking "Silouans Song" by mystical Estonian Arvo Part.

Last but not least, the Season Finale Concert will be "A Tribute to Arvo Part". The veteran Estonian composer Arvo Part is well loved by many music-lovers around the world for his hallmark of great beauty, meditative quality and simplicity. We will present one of his signature pieces Fratres for strings and percussion to begin the concert. Arvo Part's music is also largely influenced by Baroque styles, Soviet and Hungarian composers, so we will also present Rumanian folk dances by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, in addition to two Baroque masters: Bach and Vivaldi, and their two masterful concertos. The featured soloists include guest artist-teacher Dr. Ka Wai Yu, cello faculty from Indiana Wesleyan University and two of our very own piano students from St Mary's University: Destiny Dux and Hongdou Ge.

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! 

Dr. David Leung

Music Director, SMU Chamber Orchestra     


-Nov 23 (outreach concert on Nov 22, TBD)
"The Magical French Horn'

Arvo Part: Summa
Haydn: Horn Concerto No.1
Vivaldi: Autumn Concerto
Mendelssohn Sinfonia in D No.2

Horn solo: Tammy Bartz (SMU faculty)
Violin solo: Dr. David Leung (SMU faculty)
Sonnet Narration: Dr. Kyle Black (SMU faculty)

-Feb 15 (outreach concert on Feb 14 2pm, Parkwood Shore, St. Louis' Park, MN)
"The Voices of Spring"

Corellil: Concerto Grosso in D, Opus 6, No.1 (Violins: Dr. David Leung, SMUMN; Prof. Maureen Yuen, SUNY Fredonia; Cello: Joseph Gardner)
Arvo Part: Silouans Song for Strings ('My soul yearns after the Lord...')(1991)
Grieg: Two elegiac melodies op. 34
Bach: Violin Concerto in E

Violin solo: Professor Maureen Yuen (Fredonia, NY)

-Apr 26 (outreach concerts on April 25, Sugar Loaf Senior Living and St. Anne of Winona)
"A Tribute to Arvo Part"

Arvo Part: Fratres for Strings and Percussion
Vivaldi Cello Concerto in G minor
Bartok Rumanian folk dances
Bach: Keyboard concerto in G minor

Cello Solo: Dr. Ka Wai Yu (Indiana Wesleyan University Faculty)
Piano Solo: Hongdou Ge (SMU student)

Other Performances -  

1). Outreach concerts as stated above

2). "Lessons and Carols" : Collaborations with SMU Choirs and Dr. Patrick O'Shea- Dec 6, 2014 (St. Mary of the Angels Chapel - Downtown, Winona)



The 2014-2015
 Concert I - "The Magical French Horn" (Nov 23, 2014. 3pm)

Arvo Part: Summa

Haydn: Horn Concerto No.1 (Solo: Tammy Bartz, SMU faculty)

Vivaldi: Autumn Concerto (Solo: Dr. David Leung, SMU faculty; Narration: Dr. Kyle Black, SMU faculty)

Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No.2 in D major


"Concert II - "The Voices of Spring" (Feb 15, 2015. 3pm)

Greig: Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D major, Op.6, No.1 (Dr. David Leung and Professor Yuen, violins, Joseph Gardner, cello)

Arvo Par: Silouans Song for String Orchestra ("My soul yearns after the Lord...") (1991)

Bach: Concerto in E major for Violin (Solo: Professor Maureen Yuen, State University of NY, Fredonia)

"Concert III - "A Tribute to Arvo Part" (April 26, 2015. 3pm)

Arvo Part: Fratres

Vivaldi: Cello Concerto (Solo: Dr. Ka Wai Yu, Cello Faculty, Indiana Wesleyan University)

Bartok: Rumanian Folk Dances

Bach: Keyboard concerto in G minor (Hongdou Ge, SMU student)


Other concerts:

1). "Lessons and Carols" (with SMU choirs; Dr. Patrick O'Shea, Director) (Dec 6th, 2014)

2). Outreach concerts to the local Sugar Loaf Senior Living and St. Anne's Home

***details TBA