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

Cello

Strings

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

clarinet

Woodwind

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

trumpet

Brass

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

Drums

Percussion

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.

piano-keys

Keyboard

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


#Resources

Professional Development

Queensland Symphony Orchestra supports our state’s music teachers and community musicians with opportunities to learn from world class musicians, conductors and clinicians.

Drums

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.

Teaching Resources

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

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In the Music

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