When and where does the Orchestra rehearse?
The Sault Symphony usually rehearses on Monday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the music room at St. Basil's Secondary School in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Rehearsals typically begin in September, and conclude in June.
I play a musical instrument. How do I audition for the Sault Symphony Orchestra?
Auditioning is easy! Simply show up to one of our rehearsals, and ask to speak with our conductor, Dr. John Wilkinson, or our concertmaster, Anya Mallinger. Strings are urgently required and are always welcome; however, it is recommended that you first contact the Sault Symphony office to determine whether your particular instrument will be needed in any upcoming concerts.
I have an idea for a special concert. Will the Sault Symphony consider it?
The Program Committee of the Sault Symphony Association always welcomes feedback, and promises to seriously consider all suggestions. However, the program for each concert season is usually decided between September and November of each year, so it is best to get your suggestions in to the Sault Symphony office during September and October.
What are the hours of operation for the Sault Symphony office?
The Sault Symphony's current hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
How do I contact the Sault Symphony Orchestra?
The Sault Symphony's office is located in in the basement of the Century 21 building at 121 Brock Street, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, P6A 3B6. Our phone number is (705) 945-5337, and our fax number is (705) 945-8865. We can also be reached via email at email@example.com.
What sort of governance does the Sault Symphony Orchestra have?
The Sault Symphony Orchestra is governed by the Sault Symphony Association. Click here for a listing of our Board of Directors. If you would like to become a volunteer member of the Sault Symphony Association, all you have to do is give us a call or send us an email! The Board meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Civic Centre.
I'd like to help out - are there any volunteer opportunities for Sault Symphony events or concerts?
The Sault Symphony holds various fundraisers during the year which rely heavily on volunteer assistance from our community. In May and October, we hold a three-day book sale in the Station Mall, which is manned and set-up by volunteers. In June, we have our annual Musicfest: Bratwurst, Beer & Beethoven day-long, outdoor fundraiser that simply would not be possible without the assistance of dozens of volunteers! Plus, we require volunteers to act as ushers and ticket-takers, and to pass out programs at each of our concerts. If you are willing and able to help us out at any of these events, please contact us for more information! Your assistance would be greatly appreciated!
I would like to make a donation - what options do I have?
We offer a variety of donation options in order to accommodate every budget - more details can be found here. As a non-profit organization, the Sault Symphony Association could not survive without generous support from local patrons. All funds are used in the continued operation of the Sault Symphony Orchestra. Donations of any amount may be made throughout the year; in return, you will be given an official receipt for income tax purposes, and your name will be added to our Contributors List in Sault Symphony programs for the rest of the concert season.
Is it time to clap yet?
Modern audiences tend to wait until the end of an entire piece to clap. Why? Holding applause between movements shows respect for the performers' concentration and allows musical continuity. The conductor will let you know when a piece is over by putting the baton down and turning to face the audience.
What if I need to cough?
Everyone gets the urge to cough now and then, but be prepared: if you are recovering from a cold, please take some cough medicine in advance and bring unwrapped candy or lozenges with you. No matter how quiet you try to be, unwrapping candy or lozenges is always heard! Please try to bury your cough in a loud passage of music. If this is impossible and you begin to cough, then it is perfectly acceptable and preferable to quietly exit the concert hall. The ushers will tell you when you are able to re-enter the auditorium.
What should I wear?
Anything that makes you feel comfortable! Most people wear business clothes or "dressy" casual clothes, but you'll see everything from khakis to cocktail dresses. Whatever outfit you choose, please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, or other scented products out of consideration for those seated around you.
May I bring my children?
Children of all ages are welcome to attend any Sault Symphony Orchestra concert (with ticket purchase and when accompanied by an adult). In fact, all of our events are family-friendly, and the gift of music at a young age has been proven to have many lasting, positive effects. We do ask, however, that your children are behaved and act accordingly, so as not to disrupt other audience members and/or the orchestra during its performance. If your child gets fidgety during the performance, it is perfectly acceptable and preferable to remove them from the auditorium.
What else do I need to know?
For your enjoyment, and the enjoyment of people around you, please remember concert etiquette: talking, humming, tapping to the music, turning pages, leaning forward in your seat, standing, or unwrapping candies may disturb the performers as well as other audience members.
Plan to arrive early so you can find your seat, absorb your surroundings, and have time to glance through the program book. When coming to a concert, please remember that traffic, parking, and weather can affect your arrival time to the venue. For our cross-border patrons and concerts, please check the bridge before you head over, and remember to give yourself plenty of time, in case of border delays. Also remember to have your passport with you.
Remember to turn off all cell phones, pagers, watch alarms, and all other audible electronic devices before the concert begins, as these can be extremely irritating and distracting to the orchestra members as they try to concentrate on their performance.
Cameras and other recording devices are not permitted without prior approval by the Sault Symphony Association.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our next performance!