Community Orchestra Program


The California Sound Collective, sponsored by the Arts and Culture Commission, invites beginning and advanced amateur musicians to participate in two new orchestras: The Beginning orchestra and the Advanced amateur orchestra.

Starting June 4, 2019, our Beginning Orchestra begins a series of 12 Tuesday night rehearsals led by Andrew Lewis and Kyle Baldwin. Whether you are a beginning level player or have never played an instrument before, this group gives the experience of playing and performing with an ensemble while being coached by professionals.

Starting July 15, 2019, our Advanced Amateur Orchestra led by David Ramadanoff will have 6 Monday night rehearsals.  If you are an advanced amateur player, this group provides an in depth experience of rehearsing and performing an orchestral masterpiece, enhanced by the leadership of Maestro Ramadanoff (a former Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony) and coaching by members of our outstanding professional ensemble.

Both the Beginning Orchestra and the Advanced Amateur Orchestra will then join our professional musicians for a special concert event on August 24, 2019. This event celebrates all levels of music making, while also presenting a high quality concert that can be enjoyed by all members of the community.

Location: El Cerrito Senior Midtown Activity Center
Performance Location: El Cerrito Community Center

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Beginning Orchestra (#244506)
June 4 to August 20
Tuesday7 p.m. to 9 p.m.12 times$195 ($15 X 13) for 13 sessions
Advanced Orchestra (#244507)July 15 to August 19Monday7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
6 times$105 ($15 X 7) for 7 sessions

*Those who pay for individual sessions pay $18 per session.

Limited financial assistance is available on a first come, first served basis. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact Maya Williams at or 215-4318 as soon as possible.