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Join the Orchestra

SMO is a community orchestra and as such we are always looking for new members and cater to all skill levels. We always have room for more musicians in any of our sections: mandolins, mandolas, guitars and double bass. You are welcome to attend a rehearsal with no commitment to see if the music and group is something you want to get involved with. We also have connections to teachers of all the instruments so if you are interested in picking up an instrument for the first time we can help.

Rehearsals run Thursday nights from 18:30 to 21:00 at The Wollstonecraft Club (see map below). Rehearsals include a break with some light snacks provided. At the end of every month we will hold a small social event after rehearsal for some drinks and socialising. It is a great way to meet and socialise with fellow music enthusiasts.

Fees are $225 every 6 months (and a 20$ FAME fee each year) which goes towards rehearsal venue hire as well as compensating our professional conductor and music director. Full time students do not have to pay.

SMO has contacts to a number of teachers – if you are looking for lessons on an instrument get in contact with someone from the list below.

  • Werner Ruecker – guitar – Northern Beaches
  • Darryl Rule – – City of Sydney
  • Fiona Horbach – – Northern Beaches
  • Stephen Lalor – – Inner West
  • Martha Babineau – mandolin and keyboard – – Lower North shore
  • Ann Palumbo – Bass, guitar, mandolin – – Blue Mountains

Please contact us via email if you are interested in attending a rehearsal.