Amateur orchestra in Houston
It is looking like I’ll be relocating from the UK to Houston in the next few months with my work. I’m really keen to try to carry on playing as much as I can once I’m settled over there as it will be so useful for meeting likeminded people and making friends.
Any readers who are from Houston on here with any recommendations l? I haven’t had a huge amount of success Googling so am worried that maybe amateur Orchestra playing isn’t such a big thing out there?
I don't live in Houston, but I'm from there. It's a sprawling city; the metropolitan area is literally the size of Belgium. So it might help the Houstonians if you can tell us what part of Houston will you be living and working in.
Good point re location! I’ll be working near Greenspoint (yes O&G company) and looking to live around the Spring/Woodlands or maybe Kingswood areas.
The American search term you are looking for is "community orchestra". Plug in location and that phrase into Google. (Even just "Houston community orchestra" will get you lots of results.)
Thanks Lydia, hadn't occurred to me that 'amateur' was perhaps a more British term to use when searching for these things.
Auditions in community orchestras vary widely. Some are similar to professional auditions, and at the other end they can be as informal as just "play something." In many community orchestras, they just want to see that you're at least an intermediate level player, i.e. able to play cleanly and with decent tone quality, and comfortable in third position and maybe one or two higher.
Most community orchestras are perpetually in need of string players. Your bio says you got your Grade 8, which means you should have no problem getting into most community orchestras, but your audition is going to determine whether you sit 1st or 2nd violin. (If that's about the level of your current playing, 2nd violin is more likely.)
My Grade 8 repetoire was Mendelssohn slow movement, Wieniawski Legende and Bach Presto from G minor - I wouldn't attempt ANY of them now. And hope to play properly!
There are a few amateur orchestras in and around Houston. ("community orchestras" is the prevailing lingo here)
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