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Classical Jam with the ISO

A program for adult musicians

Last night I fulfilled a lifelong dream - to play with the ISO on the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage… It was an inspiring night of creating beautiful music and it was special sharing it with so many music teacher & music friends from the Indy area.

2018 Participant

Perform with the ISO!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rehearse and play with the ISO on the Hilbert Circle Theatre stage? Classical Jam is your chance to rehearse, mingle, and perform with with ISO! A conductor leads rehearsal with guests and ISO members playing side by side. A rehearsal break and reception allows you to mingle with your musical colleagues before returning to the stage for a casual performance of the piece.

This is a 21+ event with a participation fee of $45 to be paid by cash, check, or card. A reduced fee of $25 is available to full-time band, orchestra, and classroom teachers.  Orchestral parts are assigned on a first come, first served basis (no audition required). Acceptance is limited to space available, and your assignment will be confirmed via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply for Classical Jam?

If you are an adult (21+) who plays an orchestral instrument and would love to play with the ISO at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, this is for you! Classical Jam is an opportunity created for adult amateur musicians to experience a day with the ISO.

How many players will the ISO accept?

Our goal is to include as many participants as we can and still comfortably accommodate both ISO musicians and participants together in the orchestra.  Space will be limited.  Should we run out of space to play, you’re welcome to join us as an observer.

What is the repertoire?

Typically, we perform a movement of a major symphonic work. This time, it is “Mars” and “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets. Previous Jams have performed movements from Mahler Symphony No. 1 (“Titan”), Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique), and more.

Is there a cost to participate?

Yes. The cost is $45 and can be paid by cash, check, or card. A reduced fee of $25 is available for full-time band, orchestra, and classroom teachers. Heavy snacks and drinks are provided during the event.

What should I bring? How should I dress?

Bring your instrument! If you play a large percussion instrument, we will provide everything, but the sticks/mallets. Practice parts will be provided electronically ahead of time, but music will be placed on your stand before your arrival on the night of your Jam. This is a casual evening, so feel free to dress comfortably!