Bay Chamber Community Music School invites local musicians of all ages and abilities to audition for the Odeon Orchestra Program on Tuesday, Jan. 24 between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. at the school’s headquarters, 18 Central St. in the village.

Auditions are for placement purposes only; all musicians will be placed in an ensemble appropriate to their abilities. Adults do not need an audition. Openings are available for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute and oboe. Rehearsals will begin the week of Feb. 6.

The mission of the Odeon Orchestras is to offer musicians the opportunity to play in a variety of ensemble settings including full orchestra, chamber ensembles, a junior ensemble and as soloists; develop the musical skills necessary for ensemble play; and perform orchestral and other string works in concert settings that are open to the public. Odeon participants also are given the opportunity for special tickets to many of Bay Chamber Concerts events.

Odeon ensembles include a Beginning Strings Ensemble; Junior Ensemble for string players age 7 to 14; the Odeon Symphony Orchestra for strings, winds, brass and percussion players with intermediate to advanced levels of technical ability; the Adult Orchestra for strings, winds, brass, and percussion players at the intermediate level or above; and the Chamber Orchestra for youth string players at the high-intermediate to advanced level.

For more information, contact Shaunna Brown at 236-2823 or shaunna@baychamberconcerts.org.

Bay Chamber Community Music School offers private instruction, orchestral opportunities, and other music education to local musicians and community members of all ages and abilities. To register for lessons or for more information, call the office at 236-2823.

Founded in 1961 by brothers Andrew Wolf and Thomas Wolf, Bay Chamber is dedicated to sustaining classical music as an art form.  In concerts and in the classroom, Bay Chamber endeavors to pass along this rich musical heritage to people of all ages and abilities while at the same time acknowledging the importance, and encouraging the exploration of all musical languages. A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization for 50 years, Bay Chamber has awarded annual prizes to young Maine musicians.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.