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Do you play an orchestral instrument? Sort of?

Squawkestra is a community orchestra for adults who are beginning to learn or returning to playing music.

Squawkestra began with a group of 5 string players in November 2006 and has continued to grow as we collect members along the way from varied backgrounds, experience and interests. The group became a full orchestra under the baton of Andrea Simpson as more people heard about the orchestra and recognized the need for an orchestra catering for adults at a beginner level. The current membership is around 50 players. Katrina Wilson O’Brien is the Artistic Director.

Levels of musical experience range from absolute beginners, those returning after many years of hiatus, or players looking for performance experience on their 2nd, (3rd or 4th!) instrument. Rehearsals take place fortnightly at the lovely Northcote Senior Citizen’s Centre at 18A Bent St, Northcote.

All orchestra members pay an annual membership fee and we accept new members at all times of the year. The orchestra aims to provide an opportunity to play music at a beginner level to grade 3. Rehearsals are fun and relaxed. There are no auditions to join. Repertoire is mostly classical and includes a varied contemporary repertoire. A bunch of good folks attend each rehearsal and at break times we all enjoy a cuppa, a natter and great home made cakes. The orchestra regularly presents concerts for friendly audiences and enjoys working with a number of guest artists and conductors through out the year. There are also opportunities to make music in chamber ensembles, duets and solos.

More information is available on our website at https://squawkestra.com.au

Upcoming events (4+)

Squawkestra Fortnightly Rehearsal - online via ZOOM

Online event

Zoom invitation link will be sent out via regular Squawkestra Update email.

Squawkestra Fortnightly Rehearsal - TBA if Online or In-person

Northcote Senior Citizen’s Centre

It is currently uncertain if this rehearsal will be in-person or online. Please check the Squawkestra Update email for final details and zoom invitation link if required.

To keep us safe and playing together please observe the following COVID-19 precautions:
- Do not attend rehearsals if you are experiencing a fever, sore throat, runny nose, unproductive cough or general feelings of being unwell - get tested and stay at home.
- Do not attend rehearsals if you are confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 result, are waiting for results of a required test or have been advised by DHHS to isolate.
- Pre-install the Service Victoria app on your smart phone (available on both apple and google App stores) so you can check in at each rehearsal by scanning our Squawk QR code.
- Come prepared with music stand, bell cover and absorbent cloth for woodwind and brass and personal sanitiser

Squawkestra Fortnightly Rehearsal - TBA if Online or In-person

Northcote Senior Citizen’s Centre

It is currently uncertain if this rehearsal will be in-person or online. Please check the Squawkestra Update email for final details and zoom invitation link if required.

To keep us safe and playing together please observe the following COVID-19 precautions:
- Do not attend rehearsals if you are experiencing a fever, sore throat, runny nose, unproductive cough or general feelings of being unwell - get tested and stay at home.
- Do not attend rehearsals if you are confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 result, are waiting for results of a required test or have been advised by DHHS to isolate.
- Pre-install the Service Victoria app on your smart phone (available on both apple and google App stores) so you can check in at each rehearsal by scanning our Squawk QR code.
- Come prepared with music stand, bell cover and absorbent cloth for woodwind and brass and personal sanitiser

Squawkestra Fortnightly Rehearsal - at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre

Northcote Senior Citizen’s Centre

To keep us safe and playing together please observe the following COVID-19 precautions:
- Do not attend rehearsals if you are experiencing a fever, sore throat, runny nose, unproductive cough or general feelings of being unwell - get tested and stay at home.
- Do not attend rehearsals if you are confirmed to have a positive COVID-19 result, are waiting for results of a required test or have been advised by DHHS to isolate.
- Pre-install the Service Victoria app on your smart phone (available on both apple and google App stores) so you can check in at each rehearsal by scanning our Squawk QR code.
- Come prepared with music stand, bell cover and absorbent cloth for woodwind and brass and personal sanitiser

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Squawkestra Fortnightly Rehearsal - online via ZOOM

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