Odeon Adult Orchestra performing at Merryspring
Odeon Adult Orchestra performing at Merryspring
Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School has new fall offerings for its Odeon Ensemble Program. Odeon was founded in 2000. In 2006 it merged with Bay Chamber and has evolved to serve hundreds of string, wind, brass and piano students. This fall there are some new and returning offerings for both youth and adults.

Returning after a year’s hiatus is the Odeon Allegro Ensemble, this year led by Maya French, Brianna Fischler and Nate Martin, all three of whom are part of Palaver Strings, a string ensemble that is often featured on Bay Chamber’s concert programs. Allegro offers a first-experience ensemble for novice string players and is open to students with at least one year of violin, viola, cello, harp, bass or piano who are comfortable reading music and playing in the keys of A, D, C and G. Allegro is perfect for those Suzuki students who are becoming comfortable reading music and are excited about playing more complex arrangements and joining with violists and cellists to create a full string ensemble. 

New this year is the Odeon Chamber Orchestra, led by Deirdre McClure for advanced string players of any age. String, wind and brass musicians who are comfortable with playing challenging repertoire from the great works of history are encouraged to join. Auditions for the Odeon Chamber Orchestra will be held on Tuesday, September 4, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bay Chamber Music School.

The Odeon Adult Orchestra, also conducted by Deirdre McClure, is designed for adult string and wind players at the intermediate level and above. It offers musicians in the local area a place to play exciting music, learn ensemble skills, and build camaraderie. Works from the orchestral repertoire are explored in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Along with many opportunities for public performance, members of Odeon ensembles are offered complimentary tickets to select concerts throughout the year. Participation in the Odeon Ensemble program is free to students

fully enrolled in Bay Chamber’s private instruction program.

Odeon Allegro will meet weekly on Mondays, beginning Monday, September 17, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Odeon Chamber Orchestra and Odeon Adult Orchestra will rehearse each week on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, September 18 — chamber from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and adult from 7 to 9 p.m. All rehearsals take place at the Bay Chamber Music School, 18 Central Street, top floor, Rockport.

For more information or to register, visit www.baychamberconcerts.org or call 236-2823.