One of our major goals is to rehearse and perform the works of the standard orchestral repertoire. To achieve this goal, we seek 60-70 proficient amateur musicians.
If your ability is unknown to us, we will ask you to play a short piece of your choice for us.
We will maintain a waiting list in the event that there are no openings in your section.
Membership dues are very important; the revenue from dues constitutes about a seventh of our annual budgeted expenses. Dues are $50 per year, $25 in September and $25 in January.
We make the assumption that all members of the Middleton Community Orchestra want to attend rehearsals because they enjoy the experience of making music together. On becoming a member, you are committing to giving your Wednesdays to the group. We recognize that for some, it will not always be possible to attend all rehearsals when other commitments get in the way. However, one can miss too many rehearsals and that becomes a problem for the entire group.
Rather than implement a rigid attendance policy, we have opted for a more flexible approach. We will take attendance, and if your chair is often vacant, you will be asked to reevaluate your priorities. If a satisfactory resolution is not achieved, you will be asked to leave the group. You are welcome to rejoin at a later time if there is an opening, and the conflicts have been eliminated.
Every musician is important:
Please email us in advance if you will not be at a rehearsal.
Please give us one month's notice if you are planning to take a leave or quit the orchestra. We need time to fill your chair.
Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30, with a 15-minute break. Members are encouraged to be seated and warmed up by the start time. We will make every effort to hand out parts before the first rehearsal of each cycle.
Although we want rehearsals to be productive, we also want to have fun. We strive to select repertoire that we can rehearse in 5-7 weeks. If we have time, we may toss in a reading or two, either for enjoyment only, or with an eye to future performances. Members are encouraged to offer their preferences.
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