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Amateur Orchestras & Ensembles


Amateur Orchestras & Ensembles

Dedicated to the amateur orchestras, provide links and valuable info on these ensembles in your area. Speak about your learning experience and upcoming concerts. Help other musicians find an ensemble that suits their learning curve.

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MONTREAL - Montreal Pop Symphonic Orchestra

The full orchestra plays mainly movie scores. Check their audio section (it's really not bad at all). The musicians are semi-professionals to advanced amateurs.More details on their site (it's in…Continue

Tags: montreal, amateur, pop, orchestra

Started by eddymontreal Jul 7, 2009.

MONTREAL - Philharmonia Mundi Orchestra of Montreal

This is a full scale symphony orchestra with 2 concerts per year. Sessions take place every Thursday evening September to June approximately. The repertoire is romantic (many russians and nordic…Continue

Tags: montreal, symphony, orchestra

Started by eddymontreal Jul 7, 2009.

CAMMAC: Canadian Amateur Musicians

CAMMAC is devoted to creating opportunities for musicians of all levels to make music together in a relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere.I've joined a couple of their orchestras:CAMMAC Chamber…Continue

Tags: Canada, Montreal, Orchestra, Chamber, Amateur

Started by eddymontreal Jul 7, 2009.

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Comment by Jerry W. Plant on May 7, 2013 at 3:23pm

Since my comment back in 2009 the Society of Strings has grown and split into 2 separate groups, Society of Strings and Society of Strings Encore.  The more experienced musicians are in the original Society of Strings.  The members now graduating from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic "You be the Orchestra" adult string instrument program are in Encore.  We now have a new director and a new person from the Philharmonic.  We play all kinds of music including opera arias and have guess singers periodically.  For a 75 year old 6 year violin musician, this is great fun.

Comment by Tommaso Napoli on May 7, 2013 at 1:24pm


I am Tommaso, from italy. I'm looking an amateur string orchestra for a twinning with our group.
Our idea would be to organize a common performance: a part with your ensemble (30-40 '), a part with our (30-40') and a song together to celebrate the twinning.
For us and our city would be a wonderful opportunity to have a foreign amateur orchestra in Milan (very rare), for you a great chance to visit our city, rich in music and culture.
We would like to begin by inviting you to make a first joint concert in Italy (Milan) in early July (the first weekend 5,6,7) and a concert in your favorite city when / if the vouchers, perhaps in autumn 2014.


Comment by Nancy P. Mack on August 28, 2012 at 7:28pm
Hi Leslie! Check out The Villages! They have lots of activities including an orchestra! (I didn't know you were on this site!).
Comment by leslie dedo on August 28, 2012 at 3:23pm

My husband and I are looking for a community for retirement.  We made one error in planning and I dont want to repeat it.  I need to find the playing opportunities such as chanber or orchestra before we will consider a community.  so that said what are the best places for  amateur musicians?  (I like vancouver bc area but my husband prefers the south, he trumps)

Comment by Nancy V. on July 28, 2011 at 6:05am
I live in Halifax, NS, and I've been taking viola lessons for over 4 years now. I joined two amateur orchestras last year, a string orchestra at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and the Bedford Leisure Club Orchestra. I also play in a quartet that is connected to the Bedford group. Recently I started asking other members of these orchestras to get together to play -- duets, trios and quartets. Truthfully, we all sound pretty awful but we're getting better and having great fun! We've mostly been using the Alfred Music books (Duets for All, Trios for All, Quartets for All, Classical Quartets for All). These books are written so that you can play with nearly any combination of instruments. This weekend I'm going to get together with a violin player and a french horn player! Should be fun!
Comment by Ken Owen on July 4, 2011 at 4:50pm
Anyone in the Dallas Ft Worth area that wants to play chamber music?
Comment by Barry Nelson on November 25, 2010 at 1:43pm
Anyone have any information on the Nashville Community Orchestra ?
Comment by Ashley Wright on October 16, 2010 at 12:56pm
Craig -

I don't live anywhere near you, but you can search for community orchestras in your area. That's a good place to start. Good luck!
Comment by craig bernstein on October 16, 2010 at 12:47pm
i play the violin and would like to join a group or orchestra or play duets.

Is their anyone who lives in the Radnor or Phila, PA area?
Comment by Kevin Keating on September 27, 2010 at 6:27pm
Hi, all. New to the group. I'm not in any orchestra or ensemble right now. I've been playing fiddle a little less than 2 years. However, I think it would be cool to find a small orchestra or, better yet, a chamber ensemble to sit in with. It would be an awesome learning experience.

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