As one of the largest and most prestigious performing organizations on campus, the Pomona College Orchestra has a long tradition as an important creative and cultural outlet for the students, faculty, and staff of The Claremont Colleges. Although the majority of its members are Pomona College students, the orchestra also has representatives from Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Claremont McKenna, and Pitzer colleges, as well as the Claremont Graduate University, other local colleges, and the greater Claremont community. The home of the PCO is the beautiful, recently renovated Bridges Hall of Music, on the Pomona College campus. The orchestra not only performs on this magnificent stage but also has the great privilege of rehearsing there regularly. The conductor is Professor Eric Lindholm.
The members of the PCO benefit from the social, emotional, and spiritual experiences that come from a close association with great music and fellow musicians. Most of the orchestra’s personnel stay in the group year after year, seeing it as a part of college life that they don’t want to do without. Members form close friendships that last far beyond their years at Pomona, with the time spent in the orchestra acting as a common bond. The orchestra engages faculty or guest soloists each season, with recent performances featuring such works as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto, and In the Midst of Darkness, Light Persists by Pomona’s own Tom Flaherty. Through the department’s annual concerto competition, student soloists have presented pieces like Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Each season concludes with a collaboration with the Pomona College Choir, with recent examples including Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, and the Verdi Requiem. On its own, the orchestra engages music from all across the repertoire, including major works by Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Bartók, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and many others. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Audition required. Half-course credit. P/NC.