Information for orchestra members

News for members

Following the relaxation of restrictions, rehearsals recommenced on 9th November  and will continue until December 14th when our regular informal Christmas breakup supper will also be held. Note that for this period only, rehearsals start at 8pm.

As Willem van Der Vis is currently unavailable, Guyla Czesko and David Keeffe are sharing conducting duties for these rehearsals. Repertoire is Beethoven Symphony No. 6  Pastoral, Tchaikovsky Marche Slave and Prokofiev’s light-hearted Lieutenant Kije Suite.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals for 2022 will commence on Tuesday 25 January at 7:45pm at Maroondah Federation Estate.

Rehearsals start at 7:45 pm sharp on Tuesday evenings (except after the first concert of each series), and at 2:30 pm on the Saturday prior to each concert series.

All rehearsals are held at Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood unless otherwise advised.

The full 2022 rehearsal and concert schedule and other information is available here:
MaSO Schedule 2022A.

Contact details if not able to attend

If unable to attend please advise your section leader and Elaine Ogden by text or phone on
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Contact details and other information are on the schedule above and may also be downloaded here:   MaSO Welcome

Membership

Members pay an annual subscription as detailed on the membership form below.
At the end of a successful trial period, you will be invited to join the orchestra, at which time you should complete and sign the membership form and return it to the Secretary with payment.

Membership fees can be paid by bank transfer following the instructions on the membership form. Payment by instalments can also be negotiated.

Form for membership application or renewal: MaSO Membership Form
Editable version for download:  MaSO Membership Form (Word)

The process for appointing players is described in detail here: MaSO Players Appointment Process

Orchestra Administration

The orchestra is an incorporated not-for-profit association. Its operations are governed by rules agreed to by its members and approved by the Department of Consumer Affairs, Victoria: Maroondah Symphony Orchestra Rules 2013

The orchestra is administered by a committee comprising players elected by members of the orchestra, together with the Leader and the Musical Director. Please consider joining the committee and having a say in how your orchestra is run. Feel free to contact any committee member to volunteer or with any concerns. See the schedule available above for names and contact details. You can also use the general contact email form in the Contacts section of this website to email the Secretary.

 Repertoire Selection

Our repertoire is selected by the Musical Director with input from the committee and members of the orchestra. For each concert, the soloist’s performance is usually decided first. The other works on the program are then developed to produce a coherent and attractive program. We try not to repeat works within a four-year period. Works with similar orchestration are generally chosen to maximise participation from orchestra members in that program. We try to program at least half of each concert with works that employ all orchestra members, including brass and percussion, although on occasion we may schedule an all classical program with minimal requirements for brass players. In this case the membership fee is reduced appropriately for those players affected. Every two years we perform a program with several local choirs.

A list of works that have been performed by the orchestra may be found on the Library page.

Results of the survey following the March 2017 concerts, including suggestions for new repertoire, are here. This resulted in new guidelines for repertoire selection available here.

If you would like to play particular pieces of music, please complete and submit the form below. We plan concerts up to 18 months in advance (starting in July each year), so it may be some time before your suggestions can be adopted, assuming that the works are within the orchestra’s capability. Many of the works we play are the result of players’ suggestions.

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Annual Reports

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2019

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2018

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2017

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2016

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2015

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2014

Minutes of MaSO AGM 2013

Committee Documents

Minutes and other committee documents are available in this area. It is password protected to protect people’s privacy. Members are welcome to contact a committee member at any time if they would like to inspect meeting minutes or the accounts.