Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School announces new fall programs for its Odeon Ensemble Program. New this fall are two new groups, Odeon Brandenburg and Odeon Wind Ensemble. Both groups will meet Tuesday afternoons at the music school, 18 Central St.

Odeon was founded in 2000 by Monica Kelly; in 2006, it merged with Bay Chamber and has grown to more than 40 members and three ensembles. Members of Odeon ensembles are given the opportunity for complimentary tickets to select Bay Chamber concerts each year. Participation in the Odeon Ensemble program is free to students fully enrolled in Bay Chamber’s private instruction program.

The Odeon Allegro Ensemble, coached by instructor Sarah Glenn, is a first orchestral experience for novice string players. Odeon Allegro is open to students with at least one year of violin, viola, cello, harp, bass or piano who are comfortable reading music and playing in the keys of A, D, C and G. Allegro opens a new world of ensemble playing, while reinforcing technique and reading skills. The Allegro Ensemble explores a wide variety of music and students learn basic orchestral techniques such as playing together, listening, and following a conductor.

Odeon Wind Ensemble, for students age 12 through 18, will be led by conductor Deirdre McClure. The Odeon Wind Ensemble will study and perform works by Mozart, Strauss, Holst, John Williams and others. Odeon Brandenburg, also conducted by McClure, is open to players of all ages, adult and youth, with intermediate to advanced levels of technical ability. For strings, this includes shifting, vibrato and reading music with more than two sharps or flats. Wind players should have the ability to read music and cover two octaves on their instruments. Members of this ensemble will spend the fall studying one of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, to be performed in December. Members of the Bay Chamber Music School Faculty, Nate Martin and Sarah Glenn, will serve as mentors, playing in the ensemble and leading sectional rehearsals each week.

Odeon Adult Orchestra, also conducted by McClure, is designed for adult string and wind players at the intermediate level or above. It offers musicians in the local area a warm and welcoming place to play exciting music, learn ensemble skills, and build camaraderie. Works from the great orchestral repertoire will be explored in a friendly and supportive environment.

All ensembles meet on Tuesdays in the recital hall at the music school. For more information or to register, visit or call 236-2823.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or