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 Orchestra rehearses on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday evenings of each month, from 7pm - 9.00pm. In the 6 weeks leading up to a major event, we increase the rehearsal schedule to include more frequent tutti rehearsals and sectionals. Performing members are expected to attend as many rehearsals as possible (and provide notice of any absences) and are required to attend the final week of rehearsals and sound checks prior to each concert with 100% attendance rate. It is also expected that performing members learn and perfect their parts in their own practice time 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 2019 to 30th June 2020.
We are currently seeking applications from the following: