If you’ve ever dreamed about performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), this could be your lucky day.

QSO has announced the second annual A Day in the Orchestra program, a weekend of workshops and a performance for community instrumentalists from across Queensland.

They’ve also announced their latest community program, Sing with QSO.

“Both initiatives offer the chance for Queenslanders to rehearse and play with the state orchestra, something very few people ever get to experience; truly a unique opportunity,” says QSO’s community engagement manager, Judy Wood.

“QSO plays a vital role in Queensland’s arts landscape — educating; mentoring aspiring performers; touring regional centres; broadcasting and performing with state, national and international ballet and opera companies. These programs are part of our commitment to take the sound of QSO to all Queenslanders.”

A Day in the Orchestra

Over the weekend of 7-8 October, participants in A Day in the Orchestra will take part in a weekend experience of musical preparation and performance; work with conductor Brett Kelly; play in an orchestra of 85 musicians, including players from QSO; and perform classical repertoire in a final concert at South Bank’s QSO Studio.

A Day in the Orchestra is open to adult community musicians (18 years and older) who are current residents of Queensland and play an orchestral instrument. It’s best suited to applicants who play regularly in a symphony or wind orchestra. Registrations are open now at qso.com.au and close Monday 22 August.

Sing with QSO

On Saturday 29 October, Queensland vocalists will have a chance to perform alongside Queensland’s largest performing arts company and professional symphony orchestra (QSO, obvs), as well as renowned choral conductor Graeme Morton and QSO’s assistant conductor, Natalia Raspopova.

Participants will take part in an afternoon of musical preparation and performance, work with choral conductor Graeme Morton, and sing alongside the QSO, performing Mozart’s Requiem at the South Bank’s QSO Studio.

Sing with QSO is open to anyone who loves to sing, regardless of their ability or experience. To take part, book a ticket through qso.com.au and select your voice type (female high voice — Soprano, female low voice — Alto, male high voice — Tenor, male low voice — Bass). Participants younger than 18 years will need to be accompanied by a guardian on the day.