Contact Details for Coffs Harbour City Orchestra Committee
President: Chenoa Wilson 0416 487 808
Vice President Happy Mollica 0414 644 476
Secretary Pamela Fayle (02)6654 7700
Treasurer David Fayle 0401 022 951
Librarian Louise Thompson (02)6655 9320
Publicity Officer Josh Jeremy 0420 560 405
Conductor Tim Egan 0418 515 617
Current Members of the Orchestra
Conductor Tim Egan from 7 February 2013
Conductors David Ellis, Kris Edwards
Master Wendy Nathan
Violins Joy Griffin, Olivier La Mer Adair, Carol McCabe, Vicki Forbes
Robyn Coulton, Pamela Fayle, Margaret Spark, Rowena Post
Louise Thompson, Jenna Cash, Ben Wall, Sam Woolford
Violas Ruth Egan, Felix Hughes-Chivers, David Fayle, Sam Wall, Debra Khourie
Cellos Stephanie Abbott, Richard St John, Sandra Jacobs-Cash, Sam Powell, Tessa Lock,
Don Chivers, Keira Bird
Double Bass Kris Edwards,
Bass Guitar Happy Mollica
Flute Deb Meredith, Lydia Sowa,
Pat Harwood, Chenoa Wilson (also piccolo), Derek Tucker
Clarinet Varelle Bennett, Patrick Duthie (on leave)
Mart Meulenbroeks, Caitlin Jeremy, David Ellis
Bass Clarinet Jacinta Clarke, Daniel Langley
Saxophone Jen Bedford (soprano), Rowan Butler (tenor),
Trus Meulenbroeks, Alan Beven, Erinna Watson
Oboe Josh Jeremy
Bassoon Rosemary Lloyd, Adrienne Farago
Trumpet Cath McIntyre, Corbin Judd, Liam Freeman, Allan Marsh
(occasional guest Corey Cutler)
Trombone Bill Vitnell (on leave), Tom Langley (also euphonium), Alexander Newman
French Horn Kerrie McInnes (also sax), Frank Leitch
Percussion Nick Murray, Fiona Scott
Piano Wilma Romero
What we Expect of You
You will need to have your own instrument and music stand. Orchestra chairs are provided for practices and performances. Let us know when you can’t be at rehearsals or performances. If you feel the part you have been given to play is beyond your current ability, let a committee member know and we will arrange one that will suit you as we have the capacity to transpose and to write simpler parts where required.
Orchestra members pay an annual fee to cover costs such as insurance, performers association memberships and the cost of hiring, buying and copying music (this can be paid up front or in flexible installments or acquitted by means of fund raising so let the Treasurer know if you have any issues or need an alternative solution). Since March 2012 full time students are not charged any fee. There is a family discount when more than one member of a family plays in the orchestra. New players are not charged membership fees for the first 6 months while they check out whether they wish to continue. The fee is currently set at only $50 for the full year.
What you can Expect of Us
Mixing with a group of talented musicians who have a passion for great music and getting the buzz of playing in an orchestra. You will be bringing wonderful music to people in the Coffs area.
Orchestra members are not paid for their performances, this is a Community Orchestra. We often perform for the community at little or no fee but where we charge entrance, the takings are used to pay for venue hire and advertising, buy necessary equipment, supplement costs of buying or renting musical scores, to pay guest soloists or co-performers where appropriate and to pay conductors for rehearsals and concerts. Council and other grants are applied for annually and often provide funding for particular concert projects or for equipment such as photocopiers. An annually elected committee organises concerts, plans expenditure and generally runs things.
Rehearsals are held from 7-9pm every Thursday (except over the Christmas/January holiday break) at the Coffs Harbour Seventh Day Adventist Church Hall at 1 Valley St, Coffs Harbour. Check reminder notices on this site for notices about any other cancellations (eg in school holidays we often take a week or two break if many members are away. Please try to be there and set up by 7 pm for tuning. Members supply own instrument and music stand
We play for performances as the opportunities occur. We try to do at least one nursing home or retirement village each year as a community service. Most concerts are in school and church or community halls or club venues, but we also occasionally play outdoors where there is appropriate shelter for instruments (eg at the Botanic Gardens and some school covered areas). Advance notice of performances are notified on this website. If you can’t be there, it is absolutely essential that you tell the orchestra president or secretary in advance so that we are not left without key instruments for certain pieces...it may affect the choice of repertoire or involve another instrument doubling your part.
Dress for performances is all black and music should be in a black folder as well. Assistance with set up and clear up are most appreciated as is assistance with promoting the concerts to potential audiences.
We have moved rehearsals to a larger venue having conducted sectional rehearsals for some weeks. instrumentalists must sit socially distanced. Hand sanitiser is provided and members must initial their name on an attendance sheet (these sheets must be kept for 28 days). Members are requested to bring their own coffee mug as the kitchen is out of bounds during COVID restrictions but there is an urn for tea and coffee. Some disposable mugs are available as well. Members are requested to maintain distance from other players and to avoid shaking hands or hugging. Please do not attend if unwell or if you have underlying health issues. Masks may be worn if you can play your instrument while doing so and wish to wear one.