The Valley Light Opera Company welcomes those interested in playing in our orchestra.

General Information:

Typically, 25 musicians play for a performance.  All play on a volunteer basis even though many are professional musicians.

The orchestra uses standard instrumentation, including Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, and occasionally Keyboard.

Experience Required:

Anyone interested in joining the orchestra should be an experienced musician, ideally with several years experience performing with orchestras, bands, or in theater company pit orchestras.  The orchestra’s current musicians have an average of 20 years experience playing in such organizations.


The Valley Light Opera Company’s Music Director is also the production’s Conductor.  This allows the Music Director, who is responsible for developing the musical interpretation, to be able to realize that concept throughout the entire run of the production.  The current Music Director for Valley Light Opera is Aldo Fabrizi.

The orchestra and its interests are represented on the company’s Board of Directors by an Orchestra Representative.  Company oboist John Vance is the current Orchestra Representative.

The company engages one of the musicians to serve as Orchestra Manager.  The manager is responsible for recruiting instrumentalists, arranging rehearsal schedules, making the schedule for performances, and so on.  Oboist John Vance and flute/picoloist Patty Devine currently are Orchestra Co-Managers.


The Orchestra Manager contacts all orchestra members to determine who is interested and available for rehearsals and performances.  Musicians who have performed with the company in the past generally have priority in scheduling.


The orchestra rehearses on weekday evenings, usually in October, beginning four weeks before a production’s opening night.  The orchestra and cast rehearse together, for the first time, at a Sitzprobe on the Thursday before the final Tech Week.  Finally, the orchestra rehearses with the cast, on stage, for the final two dress rehearsals, on the Tuesday and Thursday of Tech Week, plus the Friday Final Dress/Preview Performance.


The orchestra’s call time is thirty minutes prior to the performance.  Orchestra members are expected to be in place, tuned and ready to warm up. Pit attire is black.

The company’s performances generally run for two and a half hours.

How to Join the Orchestra:

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Valley Light Opera Company orchestra, please let us know on our Contact Us page.

“The nurse to whom your husband was entrusted is the mother of the musical young man who is such a past-master of that delicately modulated instrument.”
—Don Alhambra Del Bolero
The Gondoliers