The Cortland College-Community Orchestra is open to all qualified musicians. Who are we looking for? We are looking for people aged approximately 14 – adult who play standard orchestral instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, tympani, percussion, violin, viola, ‘cello, and double bass. The music we play sometimes requires varied instrumentation, but these are the standard instruments.
The music we play is fairly advanced, so we are hoping to appeal to experienced players. If you played in your high-school band or orchestra, this may be for you. Our music is NYSSMA level 5-6, if you are familiar with that system. Pieces featured in past semesters include Schubert Symphony #8 “Unfinished”, Liszt “Les Preludes”, and Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy-Overture “Romeo and Juliet”.
We are comprised of a variety of people, and our students leave us after graduation, so we have lots of opportunities for new members. We rehearse on Monday nights throughout the college semesters (September-November and February-May) so you must be available form 7-9 PM on these nights. Attendance is very important as we will be building skills throughout the semester, culminating in our concerts which are held at the end of each semester. Students can register for one course credit. See the calendar for specific dates and times. We charge no fees, unless you are registering for credit.
You must have black clothing to wear in the concert: slacks and a long-sleeved black shirt for men, long black skirt or slacks and a long-sleeved sweater or blouse for women.
We begin each semester on the first Monday of classes with an informational meeting and/or audition for new members and returning students. There is an information sheet on the web site available for students to print, fill out and bring to the meeting. This is to give us an idea of your background and skill level. It is not required, but it is recommended.