Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7.15 – 9.30pm, and on Thursday afternoons from 4.30 - 6:00pm. 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. The dates for 2015-2016 are as below:
20th September 2015, 1pm to 6pm: Fall Orchestra Retreat
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
8th December 2015, 7.15 - 9.30pm: Orchestra Cake Party
An orchestra tradition to round off the Fall term with a dessert party at the last rehearsal.
11th January 2016, 3.00 - 6.00pm: Spring Orchestra Pre-Tour Retreat
More music making, excursions and such!
19th April 2016, 7.30 - 9.30pm: Annual Orchestra Banquet
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!