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Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra

Paul Shewan, conductor

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For over 28 years, our symphony orchestra – a collaborative effort between the music department of Roberts Wesleyan College and highly skilled musicians from the surrounding communities – have assembled to play beautiful music, educate, and entertain their friends and neighbors in Monroe County and surrounding communities. 

Growing steadily in musical excellence and programming since 1985, the Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Orchestra is today a truly remarkable symphony orchestra, performing the highest quality orchestral repertoire right here in our community under the baton of Dr. Paul Shewan.  Performances in Hale Auditorium on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College are open to all.  Every year, this orchestra blesses us with the opportunity to see and hear:

  • recognized, professional musicians as featured soloists with the orchestra including: David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Michael Sylvestor, Metropolitan Opera Tenor; Allen Vizzutti, trumpet player for the Tonight Show
  • the most outstanding student musician winners of the concerto/aria competition
  • an educational concert, providing the opportunity for nearly 900 children to experience a live orchestra and learn about instruments, at no cost to our schools
  • a quality orchestra, composed of members of our local community, which is committed to providing these live, orchestral experiences that are accessible, and affordable, for everyone living in western Monroe County and surrounding area

Sample Recordings of the Ensemble (click links for audio):

Special Guests with the RWCCO

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David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing with the RWCCO

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Ben Heppner, world-renowned tenor, working with students and alumni

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Allen Vizzutti, trumpet virtuoso, performing with the RWCCO