Orchestra Membership


We invite your interest in playing with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis.

Please use our contact form on the Auditions page to schedule an appointment.

The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis has drawn players from all walks of life and brings music to people of all ages and interests. As it has from its founding, the Civic continues to provide high quality orchestra concerts to the public free of charge. The orchestra offers talented amateur and professional musicians the opportunity of performing the outstanding orchestral repertoire of the past and the present.

ATTENDANCE Members are expected to attend all rehearsals. As we strive for excellence, having everyone at a rehearsal is
important. If you must miss a rehearsal or a concert please contact your sectional leader or the conductor. Absences are considered at the discretion of the conductor and may result in not being able to play
a concert.

SUBSTITUTES Wind, brass, and percussion players are responsible for arranging for substitutes for any rehearsals or concerts they will miss, with advance notice to the Music Director.

PUNCTUALITY Rehearsal starts at 7:00 p.m. with tuning. Members should be present and ready to play by that time. The call time for each concert will be announced at the dress rehearsal or the last regular rehearsal prior to the concert.

REHEARSALS We rehearse on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. September – mid May. We also usually rehearse on the preceding day of a concert from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This is usually on a Saturday as most of our concerts are on Sunday. Our rehearsals are usually at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (4801 France Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN, 55410). If a concert is located in a different location, usually the Saturday rehearsal preceding the concert will be at the concert location. A schedule of rehearsals and performances for the year will be published at the beginning of the season. Emergency variations will be announced as far in advance as possible.

MUSIC All music must be at every rehearsal and concert. If a member needs to be absent from either, the section leader must be notified. Music must be left on the stage or in the music box after the final performance of a program. Marks on the music are to be made carefully in soft pencil. Lost parts will be paid for by the assignee.

DUES The orchestra is member-supported via dues which are $120 per year to be paid by October 1st. If you need to make alternative arrangements, please discuss this with the orchestra manager or the Board president, nobody is turned away for financial reasons. 

AUDITIONS Section leaders should work with the Music Director and Orchestra Manager to arrange auditions as needed.

CONCERT DRESS It is important for the orchestra to show respect for the music they are playing as well as for the audience. Men are to wear tuxedo or black suit, white shirt, black bow tie and black footwear. Women are to wear basic black with long skirt/pants and long sleeves.


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