Information for orchestra members
News for members
Rehearsals are currently in abeyance due to COVID-19. Please check the Welcome page for the latest information. Updated details will be available on the Schedule below once COVID-19 restrictions have been eased and the situation for 2021 is clearer. The rehearsal pattern should be similar to that proposed for 2020.
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. Further details may be found on the latest downloadable Schedule & Information sheet: MaSO Schedule 2020C, though note that rehearsals have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020. The 2021 schedule should be available in November or December.
Rehearsals are generally held at Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood. Completion of the acoustic renovations that have significantly improved the playing experience.
Contact details if not able to attend
If unable to attend please advise your section leader and Elaine Ogden by text or phone on .
Contact details and other information may be downloaded here: MaSO Welcome
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.
The process for appointing players is described in detail here: MaSO Players Appointment Process
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.
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.
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.
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.