Call for Players


As a community orchestra, Sage City Symphony welcomes new players, particularly violinists, violists, and cellists, who share a love for the orchestral repertoire. Sage City usually has 45 to 55 players from nearby Bennington and Shaftsbury as well as northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts and the Albany area in New York State.

No audition is required, but musicians should be able to play works of moderate difficulty.

Rehearsals are held in Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA building at Bennington College usually on Sunday evenings, 6:00-8:45 PM. There are times that rehearsals run earlier due to conflicts with College activities, or split rehearsals are needed. Performances are at 4pm on Sunday, and there is an additional Saturday rehearsal ahead of each perforamnce.

The fall performance occurs before Thanksgiving and rehearsals start in September. The symphony is off between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Rehearsals resume in late January/early February for a chamber program, a youth/children's concert and a final spring concert that is coupled with the Symphony's annual dinner.

The fall program is generally focused on a major work. This has included works such as Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and Henry Brant's casting of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (four movements) for an orchestral presentation. The Symphony commissions and performs one new work each season.

Rides or carpooling may also be available from your area. Sage City can list potential car pools on this web site, or Facebook users can take advantage of the Car Pool discussion on our Facebook page.

The Symphony manager, Gail Smith, can be contacted at 802-447-2149 or by Email.