Orchestra Workshop

September 17 to December 5 2018

Concert december 12 2018 - 19h30

Schedule, Rates & Registration

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

The Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra

This musical ensemble is consisted of plucked strings family instruments. Traditionally 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.

 2015 Orchestra Concert - Casa D'Italia Montreal

2015 Orchestra Concert - Casa D'Italia Montreal


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 baroque, classical and neo-romantic styles ans sometimes adding a touch of jazz or film music.

What can I gain from this experience?

The workshop provides an opportunity for guitar and mandolin players to work in a symphonic musical group context. This is also a great opportunity to get together and develop friendships.

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 players are welcomed. Participants with basic music reading aptitudes receive the music in advance. Semi-participants registration have 2 to 4 selected music suited to their level of playing. The preparation is done alone or with the help of Mando Montreal's Group Lessons.

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

The workshop welcomes advanced musicians and professionals. The musical program is worked around the strength of its players. You may want to take part as a soloist or in some of the advanced selected pieces.




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

Harp - Intermediate & Advanced

Harp was an important instrument in the history of plucked strings orchertra! A good sense of rhythm and music reading skills are essential for this section! You will be required to play scores that are probably not originally written for your instrument. 



Schedule, Registration & Rates

PREPARATION WORKSHOPS | September 17 to December 5
Concert December 12 2018

In preparation for the concert, a dozen of bilingual group workshops will be held alternately on Wednesday evenings from September 17 to December 5, 2018 at Mando Montreal. The classical and film music repertoire of the Orchestra will be consisted of 8 to 10 easy to intermediate level pieces. In addition to the personalized instrument workshops, the participants will also have the opportunity to consult an explanatory video bank for each pieces. In order to help new people to join the orchestre, it is now possible to register to the easier Orchestra Introduction Semester.

Orchestra introduction - 200$

6 weeks - 2 PIeCES At CONCERT

  • 2 Private Instrument Workshops

  • 4 Orchestra Workshops


FULL Orchestra - 600$

12 weeks - 8 PIeCES At the CONCERT

  • 4 Group Instrument Workshops

  • 8 Orchestra Workshops

  • 8 Video Tutorials

  • 2 Concerts Tickets

ORCHESTRA Workshop Schedule 2018

4 PREPARATion WorkshopS

19 September to 10 October 2018

  * Flexible Schedules / Wednesdays *

Introductions - 17h30 to 18h30

Mandolins - 18h30 to 19h30

Guitars -  19h30 to 20h30


8 Full ORCHESTRA Workshops

17 October to 5 December 2018

Wednesday - 18h00 to 20h30


4 Orchestra iNTRODUCTION workshops

Wednesdays 17 October, 14 November, 28 November & 5 December 2018

* Flexible Dates & Schedules *

18h00 à 19h00





Arrival & installation 18h00 - 19h00

19h30 - Concert

21h - End


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