A Day in the Orchestra! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra announces a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

QSO Community Orchestra to be created.

If you have ever wanted to perform with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) under a world class conductor, then your wish may well be granted!

QSO has announced the inaugural A Day in the Orchestra program, a weekend of workshops and a performance for community instrumentalists from across Queensland resulting in the creation of the QSO Community Orchestra. Registrations opened Wednesday July 1 at qso.com.au.

“It’s the chance for Queenslanders to rehearse and play with the state orchestra, something very few people ever get to experience; truly a unique opportunity,” said QSO Chief Executive Officer, Ms Sophie Galaise.

“Over the weekend of October 2 and 3, our world-class musicians will embrace the talent of Queenslanders; musicians from across the state in the first of what will be an annual program – A Day in the Orchestra,” she said.

“Not only will they work with the QSO, it will be under the baton of the internationally acclaimed conductor, Jessica Cottis.”

Participants in A Day in the Orchestra will take part in a weekend experience of musical preparation and performance; work with conductor Jessica Cottis; play in an orchestra of 85 musicians including players from QSO and perform classical repertoire in a final concert at the QSO Studio, South Bank.

Ms Galaise said the opportunity was open to adult community musicians (18 years and older) who are current residents of Queensland and play an orchestral instrument. It is most suited to applicants who play regularly in a symphony or wind orchestra or currently play at AMEB grade seven or higher.

Registrations opened Wednesday July 1 and close on Tuesday August 11.

“QSO plays a pivotal role in Queensland’s arts landscape – educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies. This program is part of our commitment to take the sound of QSO to all Queenslanders,” she said. “Last year the QSO reached 1.1 million people with its music; this year, we want even more involvement.”

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