Sage City Symphony seeks musicians

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BENNINGTON — Sage City Symphony is seeking to grow its string instrument sections in anticipation of its rapidly approaching 2019-2020 concert and special events season. No audition is required, but musicians should be able to play works of moderate difficulty. Academic credit is available for Bennington College students who participate.

There is a need for select brasses for the Fall Concert on Nov. 17, especially trumpet and French horn (auditions may be requested for brasses). A very limited number of opportunities for brasses, woodwinds, percussion, and other instruments may possibly be available for some upcoming concerts.

Rehearsals for the Fall Concert begin at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22 in Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College. Musicians should visit sagecitysymphony.org or contact symphony manager Gail Smith at SageCity802@gmail.org for more information.

As a community orchestra, Sage City Symphony welcomes new players — particularly violinists, violists, and cellists — who share a love for the orchestral repertoire. The symphony attracts a high caliber of dedicated amateur as well as professional musicians who travel from throughout Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts for weekly rehearsals during the concert season (rides or carpooling may be available).

The symphony was founded in 1972 as a community and college orchestra with close ties to Bennington College and led by music director Michael Finckel for the past 25 years.

The concert season runs from September through May. Commitment to all concerts throughout the entire season is not required; however, it is expected that players will participate in all rehearsals scheduled for each concert to which they do commit unless notification of anticipated absence from rehearsals is communicated in advance to the symphony manager.

Rehearsals are normally held in Greenwall Auditorium, usually on Sunday evenings from 5:45-8:30 p.m. On occasion, rehearsal days, times, and/or locations may change due to conflicts with college activities, or if split rehearsals are needed. Performances are at 4 p.m. on a Sunday (following a 2 p.m. warmup), and there is an additional Saturday rehearsal ahead of each performance.

Further information about Sage City Symphony, including concert dates, works to be performed, and rehearsal schedules for the 2019-2020 season, is available at sagecitysymphony.org. Any questions may be directed to Symphony Manager Gail Smith at SageCity802@gmail.org.

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