P.O. BOX 5964 ~ AUGUSTA, ME 04332


The Orchestra Players Handbook



The Augusta Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit community orchestra providing affordable live classical music in the central Maine region.   We provide an educational service to both members and the community. 


The Augusta Symphony Orchestra is comprised of 50 to 60 members, including qualified youth.    On occasion students of the Pineland Suzuki School, members of the Maine Youth Orchestra, and other young people are invited to join the orchestra for rehearsals and performances

To join the ASO:
Please fill out the following Application:

Contact a member of the orchestra, section leader or member of the board. Prospective players may be asked to meet with and audition with the conductor.
After acceptance, read and follow the member handbook.


Rehearsals are held each Wednesday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Rehearsals are at the Snow Pond Center for Performing Arts in Sidney, ME.  Please show up early to help set up and stay a little late to help return the space to its original condition.   Players are expected to be warmed up, tuned and ready to play by 7:00 PM.   

Performances:  Attendance at dress rehearsals and performances is EXPECTED!  Concert attire is black. 


As a member of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra there are certain responsibilities that you need to do:

SHOW UP!  You’ve made a commitment to play with this organization.  Your attendance at rehearsals and concerts is important!  Please, do your 100% best to attend.

If you can’t attend notify Kristi Mann in response to her weekly email and your section leader with as much notice as possible.
Members should be set up, tuned and ready to rehears at 7:00 PM.
Please come early to help set up and stay a few minutes late to return chairs to their location.

PRACTICE!  Rehearsal is not the time or place for members to learn the music.  If our conductor has to work through the rhythm with a section during rehearsal that takes time away from what he should be doing – phrasing, interpretation, balance, etc. Members are expected to devote time at home to learn and practice their parts.  Practice at home so we can focus on the complete movements rather than working out individual parts. If you have questions about a particular section ask your stand partner or section leader for clarification first.  

3.CONTRIBUTE!  A community orchestra costs money.  The ASO is an independent, non-profit organization funded by ticket sales, donations and special fund raising activities.  Each member is EXPECTED to contribute $100 per year or 50 per “season” (Fall or Spring).  If financial contribution is difficult, contact a board member.  All donations are tax deductable.   Additional options for supporting the orchestra include:

a.Additional individual contributions or sponsorships

b.Selling advertisements for our programs ($50 to $250)

c.Soliciting donations from others (any amount helps)

Producing or donating materials for the yearly auction/fundraiser. 

e.Information and materials on how to sell advertising or contribute typically is discussed at the beginning of the season.

Checks should be made out to Augusta Symphony Orchestra and may be mailed to Augusta Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 5694, Augusta, ME 04332

TAKE CARE OF THE MUSIC!  A major expense for the orchestra is the purchase or rental of music.  Members should be mindful that the music issued to them is the property of the ASO or the lending institution.  Any rehearsal marks should be made only with an erasable pencil.  Music must be returned at the close of each concert.



Any member of the ASO with a concern, a problem, or a suggestion about rehearsals, concerts, music selection, etc., is urged to bring the matter to the attention of a board member.  Questions regarding technical aspects of the music (such as rhythm or fingering) should be asked to your stand mate or section leader, and if needed the conductor.   


With greatness comes responsibility!  There are section leaders for woodwinds, brass, upper strings, and lower strings.  As section leader you should:

Lead your section!   
Coordinate players to have parts covered.
Discuss attendance issues with players.  If they are not showing up, remind them gently that they need to.
Answer questions about rhythm, etc., for section
In strings provide suggested bowings and fingerings

Section Leaders include:

Violins and Violas: Betsy Kobyashi

Cellos and Basses: Kristi Mann

Woodwinds: Teresa Henderson

Brass: Lee Lenfest



The Board of Directors administers the business details of the ASO and includes player representatives elected by orchestra.  The board meets once a month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month.  Meetings are open to any interested person. 

The Board is composed of:

Kristi Mann (Cello) President (acting treasure)

Lee Lenfest (Horn) Librarian

Necia Chaparin (Oboe) Secretary

Tom Simones

Nate Saunders (Violin)

Phil Tedrick (Violin)

Syd Sewall (Violin)

Anja Parlin (Cellist)

Ralph Turner (Tuba) Representing Kennebec Performing Arts Company (KPAC)

The Augusta Symphony Orchestra is an independent, non-profit organization funded by ticket sales, donations and special fund raising activities.  Donations are tax deductible and checks made out to Augusta Symphony Orchestra may be mailed to Augusta Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 5694, Augusta, ME 04332

Augusta Symphony Orchestra
Dedicated to enriching the arts community by delivering the music of talented local musicians to the public.