While regular rehearsals are usually held on Tuesday evenings from 7:15 – 9.30 pm, and on Thursday afternoons from 4.30 – 6:00 pm, for Fall 2020, our rehearsals will be 5:45 – 6:45 pm EST on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with an additional session on Saturdays to be determined in consultation with enrolled students to find a good time for students in time zones that find it difficult to join synchronous sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In non-Covid times, musicians arrive fifteen minutes early to warm-up. Additional rehearsals are usually added immediately before an upcoming concert. Thursday Rehearsals on the week of performance is usually extended by 30 mins, and therefore go from 4:30 – 6.30 pm. Please check the full orchestra schedule for details regarding these additional sessions.
Acknowledging the difficulty of creating and juggling online versions of our regular activities, we will try to contain all rehearsals in the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday times.
Rehearsals are open to interested family and friends, at the discretion of the conductor. Kindly inform him or her if you are bringing a guest to observe a rehearsal.
See the rehearsal plan for this year, complete with detailed rehearsal plans.
In addition to performances and rehearsals, the orchestra has two annual retreats and two end-of-term parties.
Fall Orchestra Retreat: September 6, 2020 1 – 3pm
usually including ice breakers for new musicians to get to know returning musicians, rehearsals, sectionals and finally an excursion like hay rides (2012), apple picking (2016), corn maze (2017) etc.
Orchestra Cake Party: December 8, 2020, 5:45 – 6:45pm
An orchestra tradition to round off the Fall term with a dessert party at the last rehearsal.
Spring Orchestra Tour: Non planned this year unfortunately.
Orchestra Spring Retreat: to be announced
Annual Orchestra Banquet: to be announced
Usually held at the college's Willits-Hallowell Center, we say goodbye to graduating Seniors, welcome the new orchestra board, look at photos of the past year and eat lots of good food!