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Chamber Orchestra

Kathleen Berger, Conductor
Stephanie Chen, Assistant Conductor
Janet Underhill, Assistant Conductor

The Chamber Orchestra at the Community Music Center of Boston is made up of approximately 40 string, woodwind, brass, and percussion musicians.

Repertoire from all periods and styles is performed and explored.  Recent and future repertoire includes:

  • Beethoven – Symphony 8, mvt. 2
  • Dvorak – Symphony 9, mvt. 1
  • Williams, John – Star Wars Through The Years, arr. Bulla
  • Bach – Brandenburg Sinfonia, arr. Isaac (Brandenburg 3, mvt.1)
  • Dvorak – Song to the Moon (with soprano soloist)
  • Bonds, Margaret – He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands, Hold On (with soprano soloist)
  • Adams, Leslie – Sence You Went Away from Nightsongs (with soprano soloist)
  • Mozart – Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
  • Grieg – Selections from Peer Gynt (with chorus)
  • Williams, John – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part One, arr. Story
  • Villeda, Jorge – Spring Waltz (former CMCB violinist and composition student)
CMCB Virtual Orchestra Debut with Margaret Bonds – He’s Got The Whole World in His Hands

Recent events have necessitated that the chamber orchestra meet online.  Weekly ensemble sessions now happen virtually during our normal rehearsal time.

Weekly online session topics include:

  • video projects where each musician records their part with a click track, the parts are then assembled into a virtual orchestra performance
  • conducting fundamentals and advanced rhythmic skills
  • group scale and intonation warm-ups
  • fun strategies for developing ensemble skills while at home
  • concert program creation
  • an in depth look at prominent orchestral composers: Beethoven, William Grant Still, and Mahler are examples
  • student committee input on future projects and ensemble member engagement

A string coach and a wind coach are present at each rehearsal and regularly lead sectionals.  Other CMCB faculty lead sectionals on specific instruments and repertoire as needed.  Orchestral fundamentals are addressed at the beginning of each rehearsal (rhythmic concepts, intonation, balance, basic conducting, and how to practice ensemble skills at home).

Orchestra members are encouraged to join the Chamber Orchestra Student Committee.  This committee meets monthly and the agenda is student driven.

Thus far the committee has:

  • designed a complete concert program
  • compiled and read program notes during a performance
  • designed physical concert programs
  • planned to greet and seat audience members at a performance


Saturdays, 4:00-5:30 ONLINE


Ensemble Performances for the 2020-21 Season will be announced soon


Please prepare and record an audition video which is no more than 8 minutes in length and includes the following:

  • Two contrasting solo selections, one that demonstrates fast technical playing and the other slow lyrical playing.  A standard orchestral excerpt may replace one of the two solo selections
  • Two scales utilizing your full range, one of which can be chromatic.
  • Here is a list of scales for download.

Contact: Michael DePasquale, mdespasquale@cmcb.org, 617-482-7494 x23

*Dates subject to change