Guitar Orchestra (GO)

Formed in 2009 through the Classical Guitar Society of Victoria, the Victorian Guitar Orchestra (GO) was originally a forum for classical guitarists from all backgrounds to enhance their ensemble skills and gain further performance experience. Under the direction of Benjamin Dix, of the Melbourne Guitar Quartet, the GO has now fast established itself as Victoria’s leading amateur guitar orchestra, having performed at the Melbourne Guitar Maker’s Festival, Melbourne International Guitar Festival, the Melbourne Recital Centre and with artists such as Z.O.O Duo and MGQ (Melbourne Guitar Quartet). Through a blend of contemporary works, unique arrangements of time-honoured favourites and modern Australian compositions, the GO strive to showcase the voice of the guitar in a way that has never been heard before.

Audition and First Rehearsal - NEW MEMBERS ONLY:  To be confirmed for 2018 at St Bart's Anglican Parish, 290 Burnley Street, Richmond.

You must be a CGSV financial member to play in the orchestra (you can join on the day, but better beforehand). You should be prepared to play some scales and 6 minutes of material of your choosing, preferably two pieces of different styles. Sight reading skills are very important in the orchestra, so you will be tested on this too.

Rehearsal Etiquette

Orchestra members: e-mail or call if you can't make it to a rehearsal; practice your parts before rehearsal; arrive 10 minutes before scheduled start time; bring your sheet music; listen to the conductor's instructions; watch the conductor's baton.

Concert Etiquette

Orchestra members: wear black; arrive 30 minutes before scheduled performance time, earlier if a short rehearsal is planned; use a vibration tuner; do not tune compulsively or audibly between pieces - it's distracting to the audience.

Season 2017

Current Members: Bill Oldham, Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Christian Ewing, John Michailidis, Linda Sukamta, Paul Witty, Roger Harris, Sammy Breve, Shaun Purkiss, Tony Dann, Will Archibald, George Panousis, Rick Alexander, Frank Coenders, Weiyu Guan.
Conductor: Ben Dix

Orchestra Member Fees: $250 per player. (In addition, players must be CGSV Membership Fee for the Year. Note: CGSV Membership is from January-December 2017.Pay GO Membership here and also pay CGSV Membership here.

Concerts:
Mid-year Concert - 15th August 2017 (with Melbourne Guitar Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre!!!)
End of Year Concert on 17th-18th or 19th November Venue TBA
Rehearsals and Concert Dates:
1pm to 4pm Sundays at St Bart's Anglican Parish, 290 Burnley Street, Richmond.
12th February
19th February
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March (Z.o.o Guitar Duo and GuitarOrchestra Weekend!!!) 
19th March
26th march
23rd April
30th April
21st May
28th May
18th June
25th June
16th July (possible intensives - L-Orfeo)
23rd July (possible intensives - L-Orfeo)
6th August
13th August
Tuesday August 15th - Concert with MGQ at
Melbourne Recital Centre
10th September
17th September
September 22nd - 24th MGF Festival Weekend
(Possible Open Rehearsal)
15th October
22nd October
12th November
19th November
25th November
End of Year Concert on 10th December 2017 at MPavillion 4-5pm

Map: MPavillion

Season 2016
Current Members: Bill Oldham, Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Christian Ewing, Geordie Cutts, Jelena Korenkova, John Michailidis, Linda Sukamta, Mahen Pathirana, Marc Askew, Paul Witty, Robert Vello, Roger Harris, Sammy Breve, Shaun Purkiss, Tony Dann, Will Archibald.
Conductor: Ben Dix

Season 2015
Members: Bill Oldham, Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Christian Ewing, Geordie Cutts, Jelena Korenkova, John Michailidis, Linda Sukamta, Mahen Pathirana, Marc Askew, Nicole Rogers, Paul Witty, Robert Vello, Roger Harris, Sammy Breve, Shaun Purkiss, Tony Dann, Will Archibald.
Conductor: Ben Dix

Season 2014
Members: Tony Dann, Christian Ewings, Roger Harris, Leon Just, Lena Korenkova, John Michailidis, Shaun Rigney, Nicole Rogers, Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Linda Sukamta, Noah Sycopoulis, Robert Vello.
Conductor: Ben Dix

Season 2013
Members: Tony Dann, Christian Ewings, Miles Johnston, Vicky Johnston, John Michailidis, Paul Nash, Nicole Rogers, Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Noah Sycopoulis, Robert Vello
Conductor: Ben Dix

Season 2012Members: Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Chris Johnston, Christian Ewings, Greg Smart, John Michailidis, Jessop Maticevski-Shumack, Louis Smith, Miles Johnston, Nicole Rogers, Vicky Johnston, Ziggy Johnston.
Conductor: Ben DixSeason 2011Members: Andrew Duganzich, Bill Sinclair, Bill Spicer, Chris Johnston, Daniel Ho, Greg Smart, John Michailidis, Jessop Maticevski-Shumack, Leni Philippe-Janon, Louis Smith, Michael Kofran-Rotondo, Miles Johnston, Nicole Rogers, Sammy Breve, Vicky Johnston, Ziggy Johnston
Conductor: Ben Dix