The Northport Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra made up, not only, of professional musicians, but also students, teachers, and "regular people". Our membership is made up of people from all walks of life, of all ages, and varying levels of ability.
If you are interested in being a part of our music-making family,
here are some answers to questions you may have...
From 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, our two-hour rehearsals are usually in the band room of Northport Middle School. Being in a school allows us access to a lot of supplies, so you don't need any additional equipment beyond your instrument and music.
Occasionally, we move rehearsals to alternative locations in Northport and Huntington.
Our performance season runs from September to May, with many performances throughout the season.
Not scheduling performances during the summer allows all of us to have some much-earned time for rest and recuperation, as we prepare for the upcoming performance season. A little vacation time never hurts!
And, during those summers, we get together and enjoy our annual summer Garden Party, a fun gathering of orchestra members, audience members, and all of our friends and family where we share music, food, and fun!
Not all music written can require 6 french horns, a contrabassoon, 2 harps, or a cannon! As a result, we primarily look to fill every seat necessary to perform a work. That doesn’t mean that you have to be left out. We are always looking to build a list of substitute players who can step in and fill a void when necessary. So, even if you’re our third trumpet when we only need two, you never know when we may call on you to come and play...
String players, however, are always welcome to join us. An orchestra can never have too many string players!
Most of the time, all of the music we perform for an entire season will be sent out to you during the summer, allowing for listening, printing, and practicing way before actual rehearsals begin. This early preparation gives us a leg up on rehearsal time, as those extra weeks of time for people to be immersed in their music means less time in rehearsals working on specific parts. As a result, our performances are very well-prepared, and we have become an orchestra well-known for our technicality.