Becoming a member of the BPO is a rewarding and diverse experience.
Members can take advantage of many levels of involvement that suit their experience and volunteering interests.
Weekly rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the Old Museum Building, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills. Usually one rehearsal per concert is scheduled for a Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. There are usually between four to six performances spread evenly through the year on Sundays between 3:00pm and 5:30pm.
Members are expected to have a high level of commitment to personal practice in order to maximise the efficiency of rehearsals and tutorials.
Performing Members are also required to participate in the organisational operations of the orchestra. This may involve taking on a executive committee position, a management officer's role, or helping with basic tasks (mail-outs, programme notes, tree-planting, supper, etc).
Absences due to significant family commitments, health issues, or other serious issues are unavoidable and the BPO understands cases of reasonable absence. Woodwind, brass, and percussion members must find a replacement during their absence.
Volunteers are usually only required to attend some or part of the rehearsal time depending on their role. Usually they will be only required for a limited amount of time before rehearsal or not at all. Limited involvement volunteers are only required on the concert day.
Membership fee discounts favour members who commit for the entire year.