Queen's University

Cello Orchestra is a unique ensemble, with participants ranging in age from 10 to 75 plus years old, from both the community and Dan School of Drama and Music. Under the dynamic direction of Wolf Tormann, a tight ensemble with good quality intonation, lots of dynamic contrast and embarkation on a wide variety of repertoire, will be created. The aim is to enjoy the process of creating beautiful sounds in a chamber orchestra setting, and have fun with the incredible richness of multiple cellos playing together.

This year BMus cellists from the DSDM will be able to take this as a course for credit, which will mean the biggest and best Cello Orchestra to date!


Rehearsals will take place for 2hrs (tutti) +1hr (BMus only) generally on Saturdays from 5-7pm for community students, (5-8pm for BMus DSDM students)* in Harrison-LeCaine Hall, room 120, at the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University on the dates below:


  • SEPTEMBER: 8th, 22nd, 29th
  • OCTOBER: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • NOVEMBER: 3rd (4.30-6.30pm)*, 10th, 17th, 24th
  • DECEMBER: 1st


  • JANUARY: 12th, 19th, 26th (3.30-6.30pm)*
  • FEBRUARY: 2nd, 16th, 23rd
  • MARCH: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (5pm dress rehearsal) & 7.30pm (concert)*

All participants will be expected to prepare their parts individually so that rehearsal time can be spent on ensemble work. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of rehearsal to unpack, set up, and tune. All participants will be expected to participate in the year end concert.


This ensemble is open to students age 10+, and will run with a minimum of 12 participants (please refer to QCM Policy for further details regarding procedure if minimum class size is not achieved).


All participants must be playing at the RCM grade 5-6 equivalent level or higher. Cellists must be comfortable shifting in at least the first 4 neck positions, and have a basic knowledge of thumb position. New participants may be asked to audition for the instructor for placement purposes.


All participants must bring to each rehearsal:

• Instrument and bow

• Device to prevent end-pin slipping

• Music in folder

• Pencil

• Eraser

Music and folders will be provided by QCM, and must be returned in good condition upon completion of the term. All lost or damaged original parts must be replaced at the participant’s expense.


Registration fee: $40 per family per year. This fee covers registration for all programs within QCM over the year. Course fee: $465 per person, includes all music and music folder.

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