Part of the string section warming up before a concert

Lawrence Chamber Orchestra

The Lawrence Chamber Orchestra is a newly formed ensemble under the direction of Mark Dupere, to allow exploration of the rich repertoire written for a smaller orchestra. Primarily a string group. the LCO allows for greater opportunity for leadership and chamber music development of the students. The LCO gives approximately six concerts a year, performing standard works as well as contemporary music. All Lawrence string students will have the opportunity to play in both the larger Symphony orchestra and the Chamber orchestra at some point in their Lawrence career, greatly enriching their orchestral experience. All LCO concerts are webcast live from the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. 

Conductor Mark Dupere is committed to leading rehearsals and performances that explore and strive for an active engagement with the music and the audience. The pursuit of excellent music making draws together threads from musicology, theory, history, score study, and also visual art, poetry, fiction, architecture, etc. Musicians of the LCO are encouraged to actively participate in the chamber music element of orchestral playing, and to engage with a larger understanding of the score and the work as a whole. With an energetic sense of community, students are urged to participate in the wonderful dialogue at the heart of the creative process.


Mark Dupere, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies

Recent Repertoire

  • Bacewicz Concerto for String Orchestra
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
  • Britten Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge
  • Coleridge-Taylor Novelletten for String Orchestra
  • Copland Appalachian Spring
  • Dvořák Serenade for Strings
  • Esmail Teen Murti
  • Kay Six Dances for String Orchestra
  • Koehne Divertissement
  • Mendelssohn String Symphony No.10
  • Montgomery Strum
  • Mozart Divertimento in F Major
  • Rautavaara Pelimannit (Fiddlers)
  • Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
  • Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9
  • Vivaldi Concerto No. 10 “L’estro armónico”
  • Williams Sea Sketches
  • Wirén Serenade for Strings