Fall Frenzy Concerts, Oct 23-26!

Dear Classical Music Lovers,

The Spring Hill Orchestra’s upcoming Fall Frenzy week will be one to rival all others. We have a special week full of concerts that you won’t want to miss!

Highlights for the week include guest musicians from the Filamônica Femina of São Paulo, Brazil, the world premiere of orchestral work Emergence by local composer JUDITH MARKOVICH, and Italian talent Chantal Balestri performing GRIEG’S Piano Concerto. For the grand finale the SHO will pull out all the stops (literally!) with organist Greg Tulenko performing the magnificent second movement of Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ).

All events are free but donations are greatly appreciated!

Piano Recital 
WEDNESDAY, Oct 23, 7pm – Steinway Gallery of Nashville
Chantal Balestri, piano

Schubert: Sonata D958 in C minor
Beethoven: 32 variations in C minor
Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody

Piano Masterclass 
THURSDAY, Oct 24, 11am – Steinway Gallery of Nashville
An opportunity for pianists of all levels or any music enthusiast who wants a deeper understanding of the art of piano playing. Balestri will work with students individually and give pointers on improving technique and musicality. Slots are still available for students who want to participate. Please contact us info@springhillorchestra.org. Learn more about Chantal here: http://www.chantalbalestri.com.

Brazilian Chamber Concerts
THURSDAY, Oct 24, 2pm- Spring Hill Public Library
FRIDAY, Oct 25, 11am- Williamson Co. Public Library
The Filarmônica Feminina of São Paulo, Brazil will be playing these two concerts at the Spring Hill and Williamson co libraries. They are touring locally and the Filarmônica Feminina Chiquinha Gonzaga is a newly-formed chamber orchestra, born from the idea of uniting women to play classical music. Their first project is inspired by the Brazilian author Mario de Andrade who describes their nation as a fusion of white, Indian, and black culture. Music chosen for their Tennessee debut  features a repertoire from works by well-known Brazilian composers, folk songs, and the indigenous dance of the Caiapó tribe.


SATURDAY, Oct 26, 7:30pm– Calvary UMC, 3701 Hillsboro Pk, Nashville
Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Judith Markovich, composer
Chantal Balestri, piano
Greg Tulenko, organ
Guest musicians from the Filamônica Femina of São Paulo, Brazil

GRIEG Piano Concerto
RESPIGHI Suite in G for Organ and Strings, mvt I & II
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 (Organ), mvt II

Summer Chamber Concert, Fri. Aug. 30, 7:30pm

Join us for another Summer Chamber Concert featuring the works of Handel, Hummel, Saint-Saëns and Schubert under the baton of Rebecca Vendemo with featured musicians, Esi Tupper, Dennis May, and Darick Baker.

Summer Chamber Concert

Fri, Aug 30, 7:30pm –  Calvary United Methodist, Nashville

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor 
Esi Tupper, guest conductor
Dennis May, trumpet
Darick Baker, cello

HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto (Mvt I)
HANDEL Water Music (selections)
SAINT-SAËNS The Swan from Carnival of the Animals
SCHUBERT Symphony 3



2019 Season at a Glance

SHO Concert Schedule 2019

Klassical Kidz 

Sat, March 9th, 10am-11:30am – The Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
(10am Instrument Petting Zoo | 10:30am Concert)

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
in partnership with Classical Conversations

DELIBES Suite for Sylvia


Spring Gala Concert & Dinner Fundraiser 

March 30th, 6:30pm – UAW Hall Spring Hill
6pm – Doors Open for Pre Concert Reception | 6:30pm Concert | Dinner

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Amanda Nelson, coloratura soprano 
Justin Colón, lyric baritone

DONIZETTI selections from Don Pasquale
MOZART selections from Die Zauberflöte
ROSSINI selections from Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Spring Concert

Fri, April 26th, 7:30pm – Calvary United Methodist Church, Nashville
Sun, April 28th, 3:00pm –  Williamson County Enrichment Center, Franklin

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Guest Choirs:
Heritage Children’s Choir (Friday only)
Williamson County Community Chorus (Sun only)

HUMPERDINCK Overture and selections from Hansel and Gretel
MOZART Ave Verum Corpus
VERDI Slave’s Chorus from Nabucco
ELGAR Enigma Variations (selections)

Summer Spectacular Concert

Fri, July 26th, 7:30pm – Church at Station Hill, Spring Hill
Sat, July 27th, 7:30pm – Cherry Theater, Columbia State Community College

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Joseph Kingma, piano

TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5 “Egyptian”
PUCCINI Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
BORODIN Symphony No. 2

Masterclass and Recital with pianist Joseph Kingma

Both located at Steinway Gallery of Nashville
Masterclass | Thurs, Aug 1st | 10am-12pm
Recital | Fri, Aug 2nd | 7:30pm

Summer Chamber Concerts

Fri or Sat Aug 30 or 31, 7:30pm –  location TBD
Mon, Sept 2, 7:00pm – Labor Day Concert at Westview Pavillion, Spring Hill

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor and trumpet
Darick Baker, cello

MENDELSSOHN Overture to Midsummers Night Dream
TCHAIKOVSKY Variatons on a Rococo Theme
HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto
SCHUBERT Symphony 3

Fall Frenzy Concerts

Fri, Oct 25th, 7:30pm – location TBD
Sat, Oct 26th, 7:30pm – location TBD

Rebecca Vendemo, conductor
Chantal Balestri, piano
Judith Markovich, composer

GRIEG Piano Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 (“Organ“)

Christmas Concerts with Church at Station Hill

Sat, Dec 14th 3pm & 6pm
Sun, Dec 15th, 3pm & 6pm

Featured Musician: Erin Erdos, flute

SHO Member Since: Fall 2016

Current job: Director of Operations – Al McCree Entertainment. Freelance graphic designer.

Degree/college attended: BS in Music Business, Master of Music in Performance. Lee University.

At what age did you start playing flute and when/why did you decide to pursue music as a career:

I started playing flute in 5th grade at age 10. It’s something that came naturally at first, and was more fun to practice (to me) than other instruments I had tried. I had amazing band teachers and musical mentors who poured into me at an early age. I attended a summer music camp for 9 years and there I was surrounded by musical heroes who taught me that practice and experience was just as important if not more than natural talent. I can honestly say that I am probably at my happiest when I’m playing in a room of talented and dedicated musicians. I loved and still love being one little puzzle piece among many that create the final beautiful sound. If you’re sitting in the audience and you get goosebumps from a symphony, it’s because everyone was making something beautiful, not just one person. I love that.

Who is your musical hero or inspiration: Definitely my family. My mother grew up in a musical family and she raised me in the same way. Our house was filled with music and instruments and I’m so glad that it was my “normal.” I also owe a lot to my first flute teacher/band instructor Paula Humphreys. She stayed after school and gave me extra instruction and pieces to work on when I ran out of things to play in the band book. She was always incredibly encouraging and I’ll always appreciate the time and thought she put into my life.

A funny musical experience: At my first solo and ensemble band competition, my stand partner forgot a page from one of our pieces and we didn’t realize it until we were playing, in the concert. We froke out for a second but I kept playing, and at that moment I realized that I had memorized the piece. My band director said I had really excellent eye contact, and I said explained later why that was and he couldn’t stop laughing. That experience always stuck in my mind and lead me to do research in grad school on muscle memory and how our brain processes short term and long term information during practice sessions. Memorization comes easier to some people, and I wanted to learn how to teach it to anyone.

What was your first orchestral experience: I played in my church orchestra in middle school, and I remember being terrified. This wasn’t music camp, it was a bunch of adults who knew their stuff and for some reason they were letting me play long with them. It taught me to have confidence to play in the “silence.” Church orchestrations can be kind of sparse, so sometimes there’s only one flute playing at a time and if you’re too scared to play… nothing gets heard. It taught me to play loud and strong even if it was a wrong note, being too scared to play feels worse than a mistake.

Favorite composer: I love a good moody composer, so I’m very fond of French and Russian/czech music. Guys like Dvorak, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich wrote music that seemed so full of angst. In some cases it felt like their way of protesting political or personal issues, pouring all of it into music. And then Debussy and Faure are wonderful, they’re like stepping into a dream.

What music do you listen to in your free time: I listen to a lot of everything. Anything I listen to ends up getting a little analyzed so I appreciate artists like Ben Folds or Jack White who seem to know how to make every instrument sound the best. I love a lot of Classic Rock, Alt 90’s and singer songwriter styles. You’ll find anything from Metallica to to Simon & Garfunkel on my playlists. I’m also weirdly fond of Skrillex. He makes sounds that are almost alien, it can be a little mesmerizing.

Other: I’m big nerd. I can waste a lot of time talking about Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or the timespace plot holes in the Terminator franchise. I loathe running, but I’m very into fitness and eating healthy. I’ve been told that I know more about planning a Disney vacation than the average adult should know. I love to read and I love to cook. When I’m stressed, I make an absurd amount of baked goods, mostly Cake Pops. That’s about it. Oh and coffee. I drink a lot of that.

Join the SHO!

Are you looking for an opportunity to play with an orchestra? Consider joining the us. We are devoted to bringing classical orchestral music to the communities in the greater Nashville area and giving musicians the opportunity to be challenged. Founded in November 2014, this volunteer group is composed of a wonderfully diverse mix of people. We rehearse on Monday evenings in Spring Hill from 7-9pm and perform an average of five programs per year. Musicians who are currently playing with the orchestra also have the opportunity to solo with the orchestra.

We have some vacancies in our wind and percussion sections and lots of room in our string sections. If you want to sit in on rehearsal to see what it’s like please feel free to contact us and we will gladly make arrangements. We keep a running sub list for sections that are currently full so it’s likely you will get called on even if we do not currently have a vacancy. We have a great time exploring music together and bringing the highest level of music that we can to our audiences.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please contact Orchestra Manager, Daphine Browning: daphine@springhillorchestra.org 


General: info@springhillorchestra.org