Odeon was founded in 2000 by Monica Kelly. In 2006 it merged with Bay Chamber and has grown to over 40 members and three ensembles. Members of Odeon Ensembles are given the opportunity for complimentary tickets to select concerts each year. Participation in the Odeon Ensemble program is free to students fully enrolled in Bay Chamber’s private instruction program.
Click here to download the 2016-17 Registration Forms, Policies and Calendar.
The mission of the Odeon Ensemble Program is to offer musicians the opportunity to:
Play in a variety of ensemble settings, including full orchestra, chamber ensembles and as soloists.
Develop the musical skills necessary for ensemble play.
Foster connections between students in the program, both in and outside of rehearsals.
Perform orchestral and other string works in concert settings that are open to the public.
Odeon Allegro Ensemble
A wonderful first orchestral experience for novice string players, Odeon Allegro is open to students with at least one year of violin, viola, cello, harp, bass, or piano who are comfortable reading music and playing in the keys of A, D, C, and G. Allegro opens a new world of ensemble playing while reinforcing technique and reading skills. The Allegro Ensemble explores a wide variety of music and students learn basic orchestral techniques, such as playing together, listening, and following a conductor.
Odeon Wind Ensemble
Did you know Bay Chamber Music School also teaches winds, brass, and percussion? Bay Chamber Music School has started a wind music program designed to enhance students’ musical experiences in the Camden/Rockport/Rockland/Belfast area. We provide both individual lessons and ensembles. Led by Deirdre McClure, the Odeon Wind Ensemble will study and perform works by Mozart, Strauss, Holst, John Williams, and others.
Music for Strings from Baroque to Today
String players are invited to join this unusual ensemble which mixes music from the Baroque period with modern works. Each rehearsal contains sectional coaching from Bay Chamber faculty to hone the musical shapes and textures that, when combined, create a beautifully polished, blended sound. Teens and adults of intermediate ability and above are encouraged to join. For string players, this includes shifting, vibrato, and reading music with more than 2 sharps or flats. Come be a part of this dynamic intergenerational ensemble.
Odeon Adult Orchestra, conducted by Deirdre McClure
(strings and winds) The Odeon Adult Orchestra is designed for adult string and wind players at the intermediate level or above. It offers musicians in the local area a warm and welcoming place to play exciting music, learn ensemble skills, and build camaraderie. Works from the great orchestral repertoire will be explored in a friendly and supportive environment. No auditions are required to participate in Odeon Adult Ensemble.
3:30-4:45PM Odeon Wind Ensemble
4:15-5PM Odeon Allegro
5:00-6:45PM Odeon Brandenburg
7-9PM Odeon Adult Ensemble
ALL MEETINGS AND REHEARSALS TAKE PLACE IN THE BAY CHAMBER RECITAL HALL
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