Orchestra Workshop

June 16-17 2018

PRePARATION Workshops | January 31 to JUNE 6

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.

 

 

Classification

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. 

 

THE ONLY REQUIREMENT IS TO BE ABLE TO READ A LITTLE BiT OF MUSIC!


Schedule, Registration & Rates

PREPARATION WORKSHOPS | JANUARY 31 TO JUNE 6
Rehearsals & Concert JUNE 16-17 2018

In preparation for the concert, a dozen of bilingual group workshops will be held alternately on Wednesday evenings from January 31 to June 6, 2018 at Mando Montreal. The classical and film music repertoire of the Grand Ensemble will be consisted of 4 easy to intermediate level pieces. In order to give more autonomy, participants will also have the opportunity to consult an explanatory video bank for each pieces. In addition this year, private meetings are scheduled to maximize the experience.

GRAND ENSEMBLE ONLINE - 300$

4 PIeCES At CONCERT 

(Intermediate & Easy)

  • 2h - Video Tutorials (4x30m)
  • 1h30 - Private/Skype Lesson (2 x 45min)
  • 5h - Concert Rehearsals (2) June 16 & 17 Juin 2018
Preparation videos release dates: February 21, March 3, March 21 and April 4. Private/Skype meetings will take place in March and April. Possibility to attend the orchestra workshops of April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 6. Add $ 20$ for every 2 hour workshop. The rehearsals of June 16th and 17th are compulsory.

 

GRAND ENSEMBLE - 600$

4 PIeCES At CONCERT

(Intermediate & Easy)

  • 8h - Instrument Workshops (4)
  • 8h - Orchestra Workshops (4)
  • 2h - Technical Workshops (2)
  • 2h - Video Tutorials (4x30m)
  • 1h30 - Private/Skype Lesson (2 x 45min)
  • 5h - Concert Rehearsals (2)
  • 2 Concerts Tickets

PETIT ENSEMBLE - 300$

4 PIeCES At CONCERT

(Intermediate & Advanced)

  • 12h - Petit Ensemble Workshop (6)
  • 3h - Concert Rehearsals

ORCHESTRA Workshop Schedule 2018

PREPARATion Workshops

from January 31 to June 6

WEDNESDAYS FROM 18H00 À 20H00

MANDOLIN

(Grand Ensemble)

  • February 7
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 18

GUITAR

(Grand Ensemble)

  • January 31
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 11

PETIT ENSEMBLE

  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 4th
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 30

Orchestra Workshops

(Grand Ensemble)

Wednesdays 18h00 to 20h00

  • April 25
  • May 9
  • May 23
  • June 6

TECHNIcal Workshops

(Grand Ensemble)

GUITAR

  • Friday, March 16 18h30 to 19h30
  • Friday April 6  18h30 to 19h30

MANDOLIN

  • Wednesday March 19 19h45 to 20h45
  • Wednesday April 9 19h45 to 20h45

Rehearsals & Concert

June 16 & 17 2018

GRAND ENSEMBLE

  • Saturday June 16 13h30 pm to 17h00 pm - Rehearsals
  • Sunday June 17 10h30 to 12h00 - Rehearsal
  • Sunday June 17 14h30 - Concert

PETIT ENSEMBLE

  • Saturday June 16 10h00 to 12h00 - Rehearsal
  • Sunday June 17 9h00 to 10h00 - Rehearsal
  • Sunday June 17 14h30 - Concert

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