Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Rock Valley Festival Orchestra

The Rock Valley Festival Orchestra is a collaborative effort between the Rockford Park District, the Music Academy of Rockford, and Rock Valley College. The orchestra is led by Michael Beert, Professor of Music at Rock Valley College and director of the Rock Valley College and Community Orchestra. He is principal cellist of the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and played in the Rockford Park District Pops Orchestra for many summers.


The RVC Festival Orchestra is comprised of student and professional musicians from the Rockford area. This group is open to instrumentalists of intermediate and above abilities who are able to read music. For new players, please call Michael Beert at (815) 921-3343 or e-mail him at to set up an audition.

Save the date, and bring the kids to see your teachers and fellow students in this fun musical event.



Rock Valley Festival Orchestra

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  7:00pm
Sinnissippi Band Shell – Rain Site at Guilford High School

Admission is FREE!


Concert Repertoire

Copland: Outdoor Overture

Rimsky-Korsakov, Procession of the Nobles

Jazz Standards for Jazz Combo and Strings featuring Ken Stein, Solo Clarinet

Schubert, Unfinished Symphony

Borodin, Symphony No. 2

Join the Orchestra

To be a part of the orchestra for this performance, sign up for the MUS 800 RV3 course through Rock Valley College Community Education. 

You will meet to rehearse for five sessions on July 21, 22, 28, 29, and August 4 from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. each night in room 0214 of the Educational Resource Center (ERC) on RVC's main campus.

Cost is just $40 and includes all five sessions and the concert performance!

Register now!

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