What is Awesöme Orchestra?
Founded by conductor David Möschler the spring of 2013 in Oakland, California, Awesöme Orchestra Collective holds regular open orchestra rehearsals, called "sessions," at various non-traditional rehearsal spaces throughout the Bay Area.
If you're are passionate about orchestras but are seeking a relaxed environment that focuses on high musicianship, join us to meet other Bay Area musicians, help us make great music, and enjoy some (always) free beer! Non-playing guests (muggles) are welcome to attend as well.
We play all kinds of repertoire for orchestra (new and old pieces, traditional and non-traditional, anything that's exciting), so take a look at the calendar page to see what we've been reading and send us your ideas. Review the mission statement and commandments below to get a sense of what we're about and what session is like.
All you have to do is bring yourself and a music stand; we'll provide everything else. Check out the events page and calendar for upcoming session dates, locations, and repertoire. If you have any questions, contact David at dmoschler(at)awesomeorchestra.org
We are a Member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists. Intersection is San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space, presenting groundbreaking works in the literary, performing, visual and interdisciplinary arts.
As an Intersection Incubator, Intersection extends their non-profit status to our group, so if you want to make a completely tax-deductible donation to Awesöme Orchestra Collective, you can do so easily by clicking donate above. Just make sure to check the box for "Awesöme Orchestra" when scrolling down and include Awesöme Orchestra in your note. If there is something that you would like your donation to specifically go toward, please note that as well and let us know! We pride ourselves in being as transparent as possible in all of our financial dealings.
Awesöme Orchestra Mission Statement
Awesöme Orchestra Collective is a group of Bay Area musicians that holds free and open rehearsals of exciting orchestral repertoire of all kinds.
We provide a low-pressure environment for people to create and enjoy orchestral music together with an emphasis on collaboration, transparency of process, and high musicianship.
We seek a diverse group of musicians that represent our community who are passionate about the power of an orchestra, and encourage an open and democratic music-making experience.
Participation in Awesöme Orchestra Collective is volunteer-based and not by audition, and will always be free to both musicians and non-participating guests.
We seek out musical adventures and innovative ways to make both new and traditional concert music more accessible to our community.
Awesöme Orchestra Cömmandments, Thou Shalt...
1. Help us welcome any musician or muggle who wishes to join us
2. Always ensure that thou can proficiently handle the part of thy choosing
3. Only sign up on the Doodle Poll when thou hast confirmed the ability to participate
4. Do what's best for the group (with regard to part assignments) and share the love
5. Relax and have a fun time with fellow musicians and music lovers
6. Get to know and encourage each other and enjoy playing together - high musicianship will follow
7. Be excellent to each other