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Hello Friends, and happy 2017!!

I am so glad you are part of our new network, and I know we will grow over this next year -- adding more capacity to support the amateur musician community and create more and more pathways to music making.

Many really good things to look forward to in the new year, starting with the opportunities below to sing choral masterworks with fabulous local ensembles!  And I'm very excited about a partnership with the SF Chamber Orchestra for their special Side-By-Side event on February 26. I will be there and hope to see all you string players!

Please forward this email to people who might want to join the list or might want us to list their ensemble or opportunity. I know there are a lot more groups out there and I want to include them  let's grow this network! 

My hope in 2017 -- more music for all!

Lolly Lewis
Founder, Amateur Music Network

ENSEMBLE - one-time event    ♦    East Bay ♦    Jan. 20, 2017   7:30PM
Sing Carmina Burana
with the First Church Berkeley Festival Chorus

Calling all Carmina Burana singers! First Church Berkeley Music Director Derek Tam will conduct the First Church Festival Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Carl Orff's 1936 masterpiece, Carmina Burana. This exhilarating masterpiece remains as potent today as at its first performance 70 years ago. Singers are invited to join the Festival Chorus for this performance. Explore the pleasures and perils of fortune and love as viewed through the eyes of medieval clergy. Soloists Cara Gabrielson, Andrew Metzger and Nikolas Nackley will sing the thrilling arias. There will be four rehearsals in January: • Monday, January 9, 7-10 pm, in Loper Chapel (corner of Dana St. and Durant Ave., in downtown Berkeley.) • Sunday, January 15, 2-5 pm, in Loper Chapel. • Monday, January 16, 7-10 pm, in Loper Chapel. • Dress rehearsal: Thursday, January 19, 7 to 10 pm, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley (2401 Dana St., at Channing Way, Berkeley). The concert will be Friday, January 20, at 7:30 pm, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. There is a $60 participation fee to sing in the Festival Chorus, and singers must provide their own scores. More information, as well as an online registration form, can be found at

Jan 20, 2017 7:30pm

Audition required?   No

Age Restriction? (none if blank)   

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra

ENSEMBLE - ongoing    ♦    South Bay ♦   March 25 & 26, 2107
Join Masterworks Chorale and sing Verdi Requiem!

Join Masterworks Chorale for the opportunity to sing the world's greatest choral music with a finely tuned choir and orchestra. We invite singers in all vocal ranges to audition.

Audition required?   Yes, by appointment on January 9th and 16th.

Age Restriction? (none if blank)   

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Masterworks Chorale

ENSEMBLE - ongoing    ♦    SF     ♦      Jan. 10 and 17 

The San Francisco Bach Choir offers dedicated singers the opportunity to study and perform both Early Music and the diverse repertoire of great works from other eras and genres. We use historically informed performance practice, and perform with world-class professional instrumentalists and soloists, both period and modern. Experienced singers with good reading skills are warmly invited to audition.

Building on our triumphant 80th anniversary year, this season we are excited to stretch our wings and explore incredible repertoire that showcases our wonderful choir and fine instrumentalists. In May 2017, the choir performs Beethoven's Mass in C and Mozart's Vespers (de Confessore) K. 339, with a Classical-instrument orchestra.

Auditions will take place on on January 10 and 17, 2017 in San Francisco.
Not ready for an audition? Interested singers are welcome to "try us out" and sing with the choir before auditioning to see if it’s the right fit for you. Try Us Out Nights Tues. January 10 & 17, 2017 7-10 PM (please arrive by 6:40) Star of the Sea Auditorium 4420 Geary Blvd (at 8th Ave), San Francisco 94118

Audition required?   Yes

Age Restriction? (none if blank)   

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The San Francisco Bach Choir

JAM or OPEN MIC    ♦    North Bay    ♦    Jan. 13, 5 - 8pm
Musicians wanted for monthly San Rafael Downtown Art Walk

Amateur musicians looking for opportunities to play need look no further than the monthly DOWNTOWN ART WALK. An art gallery/studio setting will be available at least once every month on the second Friday from 5 to 8pm at Marin Society of Artists (MSA) 1515 Third Street, San Rafael. The first event is January 13th.

A number of venues participate. We have art, wine, food and people. The only thing missing is music! We can't pay, but encourage a performer’s donation jar.
Interested musicians should email

January 13, 2017  5-8 PM

Audition required?   No

Age Restriction? (none if blank)   

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Marin Society of Artists

WORKSHOP   ♦    SF    ♦    FEB. 4-5, 2017

ChamberFest is an exciting, intensive weekend chamber music workshop for adult non-professional string players. Held in the intimate setting of an Ashbury Heights residence in San Francisco, this dynamic program features two days of hands-on coaching by the Del Sol String Quartet.

Ensembles will receive two days of coaching on their choice of repertoire (plus a short work by our resident composer) with members of the Del Sol Quartet. (Suggestions will be made for other short contemporary works to explore during the weekend.) In addition to the extensive coaching, participants will enjoy great food & drink, an intimate concert by Del Sol, and two intriguing, pragmatic workshops. (Workshops have included topics on: ensemble, rhythm, intonation, the physical aspects of playing , contemporary repertoire and more.)



WORKSHOP/CLASS    ♦    SF ♦    Feb. 11, 2017 9:00am and 10:30am
First Act: The Little Prince's Adventure

During The Little Prince’s Adventure, we’ll journey through this classic tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry as set in opera by Rachel Portman. In this workshop we’ll explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement, designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and fine-gross motor skills. Designed for youth ages 3-5 accompanied by at least one parent or guardian–all ability levels welcome, workshops are all-access.

Feb. 11, 2017 9:00am and 10:30am

Audition required?   No

Age Restriction? (none if blank)   3-5 years old, accompanied by at least one adult


WORKSHOP/CLASS    ♦    East Bay ♦    Feb. 26, 2017 5:30pm
SIDE BY SIDE with the SF Chamber Orchestra

Calling all string players! On February 26, bring your instrument to our 3:00 Main Stage Concert at Berkeley’s lovely St. John’s Presbyterian Church, and join us afterward for a fun, informal reading session with the fabulous (and friendly) players of the wonderful SF Chamber Orchestra. It will be the very first in what we hope will be a series of side-by-side get-togethers, just for the musical fun of it.

During the performance, enjoy some beautiful songs by Canteloube, a brand new work by Berkeley’s own Peter Josheff, and a string orchestra version of Schubert’s thrilling Death and the Maiden quartet. A side-by-side reading session will immediately follow the concert, then join us for light refreshments at our post-reading reception.

Music (in case you feel like practicing) and event details will be provided upon registration.

2/26/2017 17:30:00

Audition required?   No

Age Restriction? (none if blank)   


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