BCGS Orchestra

Scott Borg Orchestra Director

Following the great success of the BCGS Orchestra in the 2015-2016 season, we have opened enrollment for the Fall 2015 semester and Spring 2016 semester.

This is a chance to become an active member of the guitar community, and share performance experiences with other guitar lovers. This semester will include works spanning six centuries, including Bach, opera, music from the Iberian peninsula, and some newly composed works done in the past 10 years.

Rehearsals start in September (schedule to be determined, but most likely Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM) and will finish with a performance (date TBD) at the awe-inspiring Lady of Our Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Senior Living Community.

In addition, the BCGS Orchestra will perform in lieu of a pre-concert talk, at the concert with Junhong Kuang on Saturday, December 5 at Harold J. Kaplan Concert of Towson University, at 7:15PM.

We are looking forward to you joining us! The orchestra registration fee is $100 for each semester and you have to be a BCGS member to participate. If you are unsure if your membership is valid, please email us at admin@BCGS.org. The orchestra is open to people of all levels and styles.

Place a $100 Fall Semester in the shopping cart and proceed to check out as if you were paying for concert tickets. If you want to pay for both Fall and Spring, please return to this page and place $100 Spring Semester in the shopping cart. If you need to renew your memebership, please do that and then click on the shopping cart to check out. You will receive a confirmation for your registration.

Here are some questions that we have been asked over the years:

What is this experience?

If you have never played in a large ensemble, this will be quite new to you. You will have a part, and play in a section with others playing the same thing. There are generally four parts in the group for each. We work on coordinating the parts, balancing dynamics, and setting out the interpretive gestures.  The director conduct the rehearsals – both through talking everyone through the issues, as well as by actually conducting. For that reason, it is important to work on your part during the week, so when we rehearse, you can give some attention to the guy in front waving his arms.  

How well do I have to play to be a part of the Orchestra?

We invite players of all levels to participate, with parts distributed as close to your level of development as possible. If a part is too hard, we can edit to make it more playable. Keep in mind that there are several of you on a part, so if you can’t play everything, someone else in your section can. That way it will all be covered. We want to be as inclusive as possible.

How do I audition?

The audition process is simple: Tell the director what pieces you are comfortable playing. It helps to know, for example, if you are confident all over the fingerboard, or if venturing above the 5th fret gives you a sense of vertigo; we want your part to be playable for you. From that information, we can get a good idea of where to place you in the Orchestra. A good rule of thumb to follow if you haven’t done this before is to expect that your part will be (usually) simpler than your solo repertoire. This allows for you to learn your part, play your part, and still have enough focus left over to hear all that is going on around you.

How often are rehearsals?

We meet once a week, Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM. We meet at the Charlestown Senior Living Community in Catonsville, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228, right inside the Baltimore Beltway 695 at exit 12B. We begin after Labor Day.

How do get my music?

We will email pdfs to you in August; new additions will be passed around in rehearsal.

Other requirements?

A guitar that can be tuned well, footstool, a music stand, and pencil to take notes.

As we meet once a week, it is important to be at as many rehearsals as possible. I realize that you have busy lives, and there may be times when you can’t make it – work or family engagements, illness, etc. 

Last items:

A sense of humor, and a willingness to enjoy and learn from your mistakes. While we take making music very seriously, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. The key to that is not fussing over your errors – learn from them, practice, and grow. We all make mistakes; the important thing is to not get too caught up in them. As stated above: if the part seems too hard, let me know. Success can only come if you are confident in what you are playing. 

Anything else? Contact the director HERE

 

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