MANDO orchestrA

Winter & Spring 2019

January 28 to May 29 2019


The Mando Orchestra ensemble is consisted of plucked strings family instruments. Divided into 5 sections, it's orchestration is done in a way that divides the music so that everyone plays his own part. The symphonic musical goal is to achieve beauty & balance in sound.

This weekly activity is offered to those who want to play the mandolin and guitar group. A unique opportunity to meet and develop music skills for the presentation of a concert.



Prices, Schedule & Registration

6 Sectional workshop - Janvier 28 to March 20 - Flexible Schedule

8 orchestra Workshop - March 27 to May 22 - Wednesday 6 to 8pm

CONCERT MAY 29 2019 - 7h30pm (to be confirmed)

The repertoire presented by the orchestra at the concert will consist of 8 pieces of different levels. The preparatory sectional workshops will take place alternately during 6 Wednesdays or Monday evenings from January 28th to March 20th. Subsequently, all the groups merge for 8 Wednesdays from 18h to 20h from March 27 to May 22. Participants will have the opportunity to consult at any time, an accompanying video bank for each piece in order to facilitate the preparation.


OrchestrA Intro - 240$

6 weeks - 2 Pieces at the concert

  • 2 Sectional Workshops*

  • 4 Orchestra Workshops**

  • 2 Tutorial Videos


14 weeks - 8 Pieces at the concert

  • 6 Sectional Workshops

  • 8 Orchestra Workshops

  • 8 Tutorial Videos

* Sectional Workshops alternately or private lessons

** Orchestra Workshops : April 17, May 1, May 15 and May 22 - 6 to 7pm


Mandolin 1 - Intermediate & Advanced Level

Carrier of the main melody, this section is traditionally reserved for more advanced players and soloists. 

Mandoline 2 - Beginners & Intermediate

Generally easier to play, this section is advised for mandolin players who have never worked in a orchestra.  It plays in harmony, counter-melody and sometimes in unison with mandolin one. 

Mandola & Mandocello - Intermediate & Advanced

This section is the tenor voice of the orchestra. Full of rich and beautiful melodies, the musicians in this section are sometimes required to play alone. Mando Montreal offers the opportunity to borrow an instrument to experiment during the workshop.

Guitar Accompaniment - Intermediate & Advanced

Musical foundation on which all the melodies sit, the guitar accompaniment section is a real fun to play! A good sense of rhythm and music reading skills are essential for this section!

Guitar Melody - Beginners & Intermediate

Guitarists who do not have sufficient skills for reading could play this section a for convenience. This tenor section offers great opportunities together with mandolins. 

Bass - Intermediate & Advanced

To accompany a mandolin and guitar orchestra can be quite a unique experience. Good sight reading and a great sense of rhythm are the skills required! Acoustic or Contrabass players are welcomed

What are the musical styles covered?

The Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra sound lends itself naturally to a wide variety of musical styles. Some existing music in the repertoire  are pure gems. We try to cover classical and romantic music styles and sometimes adding a touch of jazz or film music.

What are the challenges to consider?

Playing in an orchestra is always a challenge. You must follow the leader, your section, while staying focused on your score.

What if I think I do not have the sufficient level?

All musicians are welcome. Participants with basic music reading skills receive the music in advance. The inscription to the introduction to the orchestra has selection of 2 pieces adapted to your level

If I am an experienced musician, what can this workshop bring me?

The Mando Orchestra welcomes experienced and professional musicians. The concerts programming articulates around the strengths of the participants. You may want to take part in the pieces as a soloist or in more advanced pieces.

What I want is to give people the taste of symphonic music. The mandolin & guitar orchestra give us access to an incredibly rich and beautiful repertoire.
— Jonathan Bélanger