Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7.15 – 9.30pm, and on Thursday afternoons from 4.30 - 6:00 pm. Musicians should 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 - 6.30pm. Please check the full orchestra schedule for details regarding these additional sessions. 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.
In addition to performance and rehearsals, the orchestra has two annual retreats and two end-of-term parties.
- Fall Orchestra Retreat: mid to late September 1pm-6pm
usually including ice breakers for new musicians to get to know returning musicians, rehearsals, sectionals and finally an excursion like apple picking (2011), hay rides (2012), corn maze (2013) etc
- Orchestra Cake Party: beginning of December, 7:15pm-9:30pm
An orchestra tradition to round off the Fall term with a dessert party at the last rehearsal.
- Spring Orchestra Pre-Tour Retreat: beginning of January 3:00pm-6:00pm
More music making, excursions and such!
- Annual Orchestra Banquet: late April, 7:30-9:30pm
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!