Orchestra Ensemble – Le Triangle
Written by Amanda Davis, Editor-in-Chief
DAYTON, Tennessee – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Rudd, the Bryan College Orchestra Club plays music. Bryan College students and members of the Dayton community in the Orchestra Club come together to play music from various eras. Club Orchestra started this semester and is open to players of all ages and experience from Bryan College and the local Dayton community. It’s a fun and welcoming environment and a great way for Bryan’s students to engage with the community and create something special. The conductor is Erin Smith, a member of the Dayton community, and the staff advisor is Allyson Underwood, a financial aid specialist.
Erin Smith encourages anyone interested in developing their musical skills to join us. According to Smith, the Orchestra Club is a very relaxed group where people can participate regardless of their previous musical experience in a pressure-free environment. She says, “It’s a great way to bond with people and express your love of music. “
Allyson Underwood helped change the orchestra from class to club this semester. She thinks engagement with the Dayton community through the club is very important, as she says, “By inviting the Dayton community to join us, we get to know members of the community who have similar interests, but it is also a way for the school to exercise a ministry. to our community; to involve them in a way that they could not in other areas.
Laurel McLaughlin, a double major in English and Liberal Arts and a minor in Music, has put in an incredible amount of work to make this club special. McLaughlin plays the cello in the orchestra and has written and arranged various pieces performed by the club. She says the orchestra is a great way to play different genres of music in a unique setting that challenges but excites musicians. Composing and arranging multiple pieces was a new and fun experience for McLaughlin and according to her, “It was a lot of trial and error to see what would work and what not.”
The club is organizing a concert that takes place on November 20 in the Rudd Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature several pieces arranged or composed by McLaughlin, including Matins, an original composition. The concert is free and accessible to all. Underwood says attendance is a great way to support fine art and other students while they perform.
Amanda Davis is a first year communications student at Bryan College. She is originally from Kansas City and enjoys reading, writing, and photography.