Welcome! and thank you for expressing an interest in the Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra.
The Rockhampton Symphony Orchestra (RSO) is an incorporated, autonomous community ensemble. Our vision is to provide the Central Queensland community with the highest possible standard of orchestral performance, and provide our performing members with the opportunity to grow and develop their musical expertise through exposure to professional conductors, soloists and a variety of exciting performances.
The RSO is a seasonal orchestra, performing two to three concert programmes per year. Full orchestra concerts will generally fall around May and November, with the possibility of an additional concert utilising smaller ensembles. Our inaugural concert will be held on Saturday 24th November, 2018. We endeavour to provide a highly varied selection of repertoire, incorporating different themes and venues at each performance. From opera and the classics through to childrens’ programmes and popular music, there is something to suit all audience demographics.
Our rehearsal schedule begins approximately 8 weeks prior to each performance and includes both tutorials and full orchestra rehearsals. Tutorials for each section of the orchestra are generally held fortnightly on a Wednesday evening and full orchestra rehearsals will take place either on a Wednesday evening or a weekend (a full rehearsal schedule will be provided to successful applicants). Performing members are required to attend a minimum of two tutorials, two orchestra rehearsals, and the final rehearsal and sound check prior to each concert, although we do encourage 100% attendance if possible. It is expected that performing members learn and perfect their parts prior to the first rehearsal as rehearsal time is very limited.
Commensurate with our vision and goals, the RSO will perform at a high level and therefore our performing members need to be at a semi-professional or professional level of performance. String players are required to meet a minimum of Grade 4 AMEB standard, Wind and Brass players a minimum of Grade 6 AMEB standard, and Percussion a minimum of Grade 4 AMEB standard. You may still apply for membership if you are below the required standard as certain instruments will be assessed on a case-by-case scenario.
If your application is successful and you are invited to become a member of RSO, you will be sent a Membership Form to complete. You will be required to pay an annual $50 membership fee to cover insurance and other administration costs. Membership year is from 1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019.