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Lycoming College to start community orchestra

Lycoming College to start community orchestra

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The Lycoming College Community Orchestra, a new ensemble for local amateur musicians, is being created thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

“There was a need shown for artistic and cultural opportunities in the region,” said Dr. William Ciabattari, assistant professor and chair of the music department and director of bands at Lycoming, who also will conduct the new orchestra.

The orchestra will perform a couple of free concerts a year and target people who played in high school or college but now find themselves without an outlet to perform.

“The needs of the wind and brass players can be served through community bands, but that doesn’t serve the needs of the string players,” said Ciabattari, principal tuba player with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. “A locally-based orchestra of this kind will provide a new cultural opportunity for the community.”

A community orchestra will create the opportunity for musicians with skills between the learning level and the highest performance levels to practice and improve their talents alongside fellow musicians and perform for appreciative audiences, Ciabattari said.

Ciabattari, who has a master’s degree in tuba from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Ph.D. in music education from Case Western Reserve University, was appointed director of bands at Lycoming College in 2006. He will be assisted by Bill Muller, viola, and Lycoming faculty members Riana Muller, violin; Andrew Rammon, cello; and Tim Breon, bass.

For more information about recruitment events, email or call 321-4096; be sure to include your name, instrument and contact information in any correspondence.

The first concert will be held Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Clarke Chapel.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Its rigorous academic program, vibrant residential community and supportive faculty foster successful student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812 and located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation. For more information, visit

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