CAMDEN — The Penobscot Bay Orchestra hosts an open rehearsal for new and existing members at John St. United Methodist Church, 98 John St., Saturday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m.

The Penobscot Bay Orchestra invites new players from around the Penobscot Bay region to read through the Largo from Dvorak’s 9th Symphony, op. 95, and movements from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #1 in F. Interested players should email to acquire music.

The Penobscot Bay Orchestra is launching its second season, following an impressive first year. The orchestra uses the arts to stimulate and advance compassionate involvement in significant social issues, and donated more than $750 in audience donations to the United Midcoast Charities and The Landing Place — Knox County Homeless Coalition.

Conducted by Deirdre McClure, the orchestra’s inaugural season included two sets of concerts in Camden and Rockland, containing works by Beethoven, Debussy, Moussorgsky, Piazzolla, Bach, Maine’s own R.B. Hall, and many others.

“Music is a great equalizer,” said conductor Deirdre McClure. “I admire this group — they are teachers, veterinarians, inn keepers, farmers, carpenters, medical professionals, students, potters, knitters, mechanics. They come together to make music, and their diverse backgrounds, ages and beliefs create a rich camaraderie that only comes from working together with a singular purpose.”

COVID protocols are in place for all Penobscot Bay Orchestra rehearsals and concerts. For more information, visit