Mercury Orchestra


Who may join the orchestra?
The Mercury Orchestra is a community effort involving approximately one hundred instrumentalists of all ages from the greater Cambridge/Boston (Massachusetts) area. All orchestra positions are volunteer/no-pay/no-fee.

What orchestra positions are open?
The orchestra has several open positions in violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass, tenor saxophone, tenor trombone, tuba, and harp.

Rehearsal substitute positions are open for piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, French horn, trumpet, bass trombone, and percussion.

How do I audition?
The next auditions for new members and substitute members will be held in May 2016. Audition candidates should prepare one or two short (2–3 minute) unaccompanied solo or orchestral excerpt(s) that best demonstrates their musicianship and orchestral skill. There will also be a brief sight-reading exercise. All auditions are by appointment. To schedule an audition, please complete our form here.

To be notified of auditions in future seasons, please consider joining our auditions information list here.

When does the orchestra play?
The orchestra rehearses two evenings a week in the 4 to 5 weeks preceding each concert. The orchestra plays only during the summer. Dates for 2016 concerts are Saturday, July 16 and Friday, August 12; both concerts will take place in Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA. Members play in one or both concerts depending upon instrumentation and availability.

In 2016, the orchestra will rehearse at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. The rehearsal schedule is below: _____________________________________________________________
CONCERT #1: Saturday, July 16, 2016 / Sanders Theatre
With the Mercury Orchestra Chorale

Serge Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky Cantata, op. 78 (1939)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, op. 93, in E Minor (1953)

Orchestra Rehearsals:
-Sat Jun 18, 3:00-5:30 pm (Masonic Temple, 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA)
-Wed Jun 22, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Mon Jun 27, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Wed Jun 29, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Thu Jul 7, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Sun Jul 10, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Thu Jul 14, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Fri Jul 15, 7:30-10:00 pm (Sanders Theatre)
Concert: Sat Jul 16 (Sanders Theatre; 6:50 pm call, 7:00 pm warmup, 8 pm concert) _____________________________________________________________ CONCERT #2: FRIDAY, August 12, 2016 / Sanders Theatre
With the 2016 winner of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Concerto Competition

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture, op. 36 (1888)
Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto, Op. 16, in A Minor (1868)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2, op. 43, in D Major (1901–1902)

-Sun Jul 24, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Thu Jul 28, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Mon Aug 1, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Thu Aug 4, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Sun Aug 7, 7:00-9:30 pm
-Thu Aug 11, 7:30-10:00 pm (Sanders Theatre)
Concert: Fri Aug 12 (Sanders Theatre; 6:50 pm call, 7:00 pm warmup, 8 pm concert)

I am interested in singing with the Mercury Orchestra Chorale. How do I audition?
Please visit our Mercury Orchestra Chorale page here.

How can I find out more information?
Please contact our auditions coordinator at