The LSC-Kingwood Symphony Orchestra course guides students toward their musical goals via coursework and performance membership with the Kingwood Pops.

Music plays a vital role in people's lives. It is used as entertainment, influences culture, impacts health, and fosters positive interactions with others.
Lone Star College-Kingwood understands the beneficial effects that music has on most daily activities. To contribute toward this trend, the college offers a variety of classes for anyone who wants a career in music or those who wish to develop their personal interests. The Symphony Orchestra course guides students toward their musical goals through academic coursework and performance. It is open to LSC music majors, students studying other areas, and community musicians. Participants constitute the Kingwood Pops Orchestra.
"This curriculum serves both regular credit and continuing education students," said Dr. Robert Hunt, professor of music at LSC-Kingwood. "Our purposes are to meet our music students' educational needs, provide enrichment for our community musicians, and offer musical entertainment for the Kingwood area community."
Musicians who want to join Kingwood Pops are required to audition. Due to COVID-19, interested participants need to submit a video recording of a classical piece of their choice. Accepted players must also enroll in the Symphony Orchestra course at LSC-Kingwood and agree to the rehearsal and performance attendance standards. Practices are on Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m.
"Because of the coronavirus threat, Kingwood Pops concerts are suspended for fall 2020. However, string players may still enroll in the Symphony Orchestra course. They will play in a smaller, socially-distanced string orchestra, and a livestreamed performance will culminate the experience at the end of the semester," Hunt said. "We will not have woodwinds, brass, or percussions."
Along with the Symphony Orchestra course, music majors will also take music theory, sight-reading, music literature, and piano courses while studying their chosen instruments. Graduates of the music program can pursue careers with professional orchestras, i.e., Houston Symphony, play in orchestras for soundtracks, teach music at schools and universities, or serve as church musicians.
"Enterprising orchestral musicians are inventing other career avenues using social media. They are increasingly seen in related professions such as music technology, arts management, and music merchandising," Hunt said.
For more information on the Symphony Orchestra course at LSC-Kingwood, or to submit a video recording, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>.

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