About the Orchestra

About the Orchestra

#Who sits where

Orchestras sit in sections based on types of instruments.

Orchestras sit in sections based on types of instruments.

There are four main sections in a symphony orchestra:
- Strings
- Woodwinds
- Brass
- Percussion

#The sections



These instruments produce sound by bowing or plucking stretched strings.
- First and Second Violins
- Viola
- Cello
- Double Bass
- Harp



Wind instruments produce sound by being blown into.
- Flute/Piccolo
- Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
- Oboe / Cor Anglais
- Bassoon / Contrabassoon



Brass players create sound by vibrating their lips. When this vibration is pushed through large brass tubes, it can create significant noise.
- Horn
- Trumpet
- Trombone / Bass Trombone
- Tuba



These instruments create sound by being struck. Some instruments just make a sound; others play particular notes.

Timpani, Bass Drum, Bongo Drums, Cymbals (China Cymbals, Small Cymbals, Large Cymbals, Sizzle Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal), Sandpaper Blocks, Snare Drum, Steel Spring, Tam Tam, Vibraphone, Vibraslap, Xylophone.



Keyboard instruments are played by pressing keys.
- Piano
- Celeste
- Organ


Digital Concerts and Resources

Watch Queensland Symphony Orchestra perform online, with a teaching resource that accompanies each concert.

Teaching Resources

Download specially formulated teaching notes based on some of our concerts.


Instrumental Teaching Videos

Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians explore tips and techniques on playing their instruments. Proudly supported by Yurika.


In the Music

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About the Orchestra

Orchestras sit in sections, based on types of instruments. Learn about the four main sections of a symphony orchestra, where they sit, and how sound is produced.