While the mandolin is popular today as a folk and bluegrass instrument, it has a rich history in the classical music world. In the US, mandolin orchestras were practically ubiquitous in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; at their height of their popularity, nearly every town and college had one. The San Francisco Bay Area still boasts several mandolin orchestras, and is often the site of concerts by leading classical mandolin players from around the world. Join the group to share and stay informed about local classical mandolin events.
Do you play guitar or any member of the mandolin family (mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello)? Can you read music on your instrument? Would you enjoy playing with others?
Then consider dropping by this open rehearsal of the SF Mandolin Orchestra. We’re a plucked instrument community string orchestra with 15-25 members that plays two concert seasons each year, as well as community concerts at places like Mission Dolores, the Academy of Sciences and a variety of senior living centers around the Bay Area. We’re preparing for our upcoming season, and are looking for additional musicians who’d like to join us.
This open rehearsal gives you the opportunity to see what we’re all about, meet us, and listen to our music. If you’re then interested in playing with the orchestra, you can talk with our musical director Achille Bocus and plan to join us a future rehearsals and concerts. If you would like to PLAY with us at the rehearsal, please contact Achille Bocus at [masked] to get music.