Wednesday, April 19, 2006

summer orchestral position

Are you looking to improve your playing over the summer?
Check this out.

The College Light Opera Company (CLOC) of Falmouth, Cape Cod,
Massachusetts, is accepting applications for college and graduate
student STRING PLAYERS (especially double bass), FLUTISTS,
CLARINETISTS, and HORN players for the orchestra pit for the Summer
2006 seasons. Shows to include: HMS Pinafore, Robert & Elizabeth,
Oklahoma!, Jane Eyre, Mikado, Wonderful Town, The New Moon, Call Me
Madam, and The Pajama Game. Position is paid, and includes 3
meals/day and room on Cape Cod. Schedule is as follows-


I am returning this summer for my second season at CLOC as associate
conductor, and can personally speak volumes for the educational value of
this program for orchestra players, as well as to the high level of
professionalism the company holds itself to every summer.

The way it's set up is this: it's a 501(c) non-profit, educational
theater program, so it is not involved with equity or unions at all. it
is simply a summer stock theater company in cape cod, in their 38th season i
think this summer.

Orchestra players are paid a "scholarship" (ie an "endowed chair" from
specific donors, modeled after professional orchestras) usually around
$1000 or more, depending on duties and positions (ie concertmasters get
extra, orchestra managers/librarians as well).

They rehearse every day of the week from 10-12:30, then have afternoons
off while they play a performance every night from 7:30 until usually
10:30 or 11. they have sundays off, and get free room and board. they get to
work under some very good college directors (band, choral, orchestral,
accompanists, opera conductors, everything) as well as learn lots of good
rep, and experience the reality of playing in pits every night, while
rehearsing all day. it is not a lucrative summer job by any means, but
provides free room and board, is in cape cod, and if you enjoy playing in
pits, it is a dream job.

Anyways, thought i'd throw in my two cents and info on the place. a lot
of orchestral players are returning again for this summer, some after 3 or
4 years. but it is not for everyone. i personally hope to continue going
there as many summers as possible!

Hope this helps,

Dave Moschler

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