Hello Guitar Aficionados,
The BCGS Orchestra is accepting registrations for the spring 2018 semester, beginning on January 16. After a very successful performance at the concert of David Russell last spring, we have been asked to perform at the closing concert of the 30th Anniversary season with the amazing Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
We encourage you to sign up for the orchestra now HERE. When you do, you will receive the music by email and can start practicing right away.
Our home base will continue to be at the Charlestown Community conveniently located right off the 695 beltway. All of our rehearsals will take place there in various classrooms, as well as our final performance which will take place in the awe inspiring Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. Each rehearsal goes from 7:00pm – 9:00pm on select Tuesday nights.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
- Tuesday, Jan. 16
- Tuesday, Jan. 23
- Tuesday, Jan. 30
- Tuesday, Feb. 6
- Tuesday, Feb. 13
- Tuesday, Feb. 20
- Tuesday, Feb. 27
- Tuesday, March 20
- Tuesday, March 27
- Tuesday, April 3
- Wednesday, April 4 (dress rehearsal)
- Thursday, April 5 – Concert
- There will be two additional rehearsals scheduled before the performance at the concert of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Saturday, April 28.
In the spring 2018 semester, we will be working on French Music: Debussy’s “Reverie,” Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” and a selection of Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” to name a few. Once you register, you will receive an email with the music attached so that you can start playing the music right away.
How to Register
Click here or on the red button on this page to register for the BCGS Orchestra.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to seeing you all, and I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.
The orchestra is open to people of all levels and styles.
This is a chance to become an active member of the guitar community, and share performance experiences with other guitar lovers. We are looking forward to you joining us!
Here are some questions that we have been asked over the years:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will email pdfs to you in August; new additions will be passed around in rehearsal.
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.
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
Register today for the BCGS Orchestra