Don Hosek - Orchestral playing
I've been playing with a whole pile of different orchestras all of a sudden. A few notes on these, in no particular order.
St Benedict's Festival Orchestra

A small, all-volunteer orchestra. I've not managed to make any of the liturgical performances, but I have played two concerts with them. They lack a good complement of strings, but have an exceptional complement of woodwinds. The small size and volunteer nature, however, mean that there's never a clear sense of what the instrumentation for any given performance will be.

North Park Covenant Church

This was the group with whom I made my return to orchestral playing with a performance of Benjamin Britten's "Noye's Fludde" in 2001. I played a second concert with them in 2002 playing the Debussy Danses pour Harp Chromatique and Durufle Requiem. It's a mix of volunteers from the church and hired professionals.

Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest

This is new. Mostly 19th century repertoire, but a chance to play in a bass section rather than to be a bass section. I'm going to be in and out with this group as my schedule permits when I return to school in the fall.

North Park University Symphony

My first paid orchestral gig. At this writing, I've not yet played with them.