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


First concert - Dec 6 7:30, Figliulo recital hall

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


Peer Gynt suite no. 1, opus 46

2. Death of Åse
3. Anitra's Dance


spring concerto from the Four Seasons
Sonnet Narration: Dr. Kyle Black


Romance in C, opus 42

Valse Triste

Rakastaka, opus 14

Andante festivo


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!


Second concert: 4/17/15 3pm Figliulo

"Music inspired by the King's Speech"

Elgar: introduction and allegro

Mozart: Clarinet concerto (guest soloist: Dr. Jun Qian, Baylor University)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 second movement

Tchaikovsky: Serenade in C third and fourth movements


As you may recall the big Oscar Winning movie "the King's Speech", there are many great pieces of classical music being used in the movie. We are honored to have Professor of Clarinet, Dr. Jun Qian from Baylor University to play the immortal Mozart clarinet concerto, which was used brilliantly in the movie, for us. This concert also includes Beethoven's slow movement from his Seventh Symphony, which was used in the final speech of the King. The rest of the concert also include other beautiful string composition by Sir Edward Elgar and Tchaikovsky.



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)