Welcome to The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia

“One of the city’s noncommercial treasures.” – Philadelphia Inquirer


Join the weekly reading sessions of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, one of the oldest and most unique community orchestras of its kind in the USA. 

Our next rehearsal

wdt_ID wdt_created_by wdt_created_at wdt_last_edited_by wdt_last_edited_at Rehearsal Date Venue composerfirstname Composer Work First Name Last Name Role Instrumentation Notes
5.604 kjlawrence73 05/11/2024 12:15 PM anonymous_user 07/02/2024 02:34 AM 07/26/2024 Temple U - Presser Hall Felix Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream Overture Russell Hoffmann Conductor 2222 2201 Timp
5.605 kjlawrence73 05/11/2024 12:15 PM anonymous_user 07/07/2024 01:44 PM 07/26/2024 Temple U - Presser Hall Felix Mendelssohn Symphony #4 in A Major ("Italian") Russell Hoffmann Conductor 2222 2200 Timp

The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia was founded in 1964 by Morris Goldman and Sidney Rothstein as a place where professional musicians, music teachers and students and skilled amateur musicians with varying “day jobs” could get together to read through various symphonic orchestral music under the baton of a rotating roster of renowned conductors.

If you are looking for serious yet low stress, non-performing community orchestra to gain exposure and experience with the vast orchestral and opera repertoire, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia may be a great fit with your goals.

The Orchestra Society of Philadelphia is very interested in attracting skilled members to our string sections. Our purpose is to read orchestral music, some standard repertoire, some music less often played by other orchestras, each Friday night from 7:30pm to 10:100pm.

Find out more about us, including details of schedules, repertoire and location on this website. Contact us with any questions at webmaster@orchestrasociety.org. We look forward to playing with you.



Where do we rehearse?

We rehearse each Friday night in Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance, Presser Hall, Room 240.
Arronson Hall rehearsal room 240 is on the 2nd floor – there is an elevator.
There is well-lit and Temple police-patrolled street parking around the building.
Click here for map of the Temple campus. Presser Hall is building 44.

What time is rehearsal?

All rehearsals are 7:30 – 10:00 PM.

What does a typical rehearsal look like?

The first half of rehearsal, we work through sections of the piece(s).

We have a 10-15 minute break.

The second half, we run the piece as though we were performing (meaning no/few stops).

Can I just show up?

Strings, yes. We are always thrilled to have more strings.

Winds and Brass, please contact us even though these chairs are full because we often need subs or rehearse pieces that require a larger section.

Perscussion, Harp, Piano – please contact us as our needs depend on what scheduled pieces require these instruments.

Winds and Brass

Although these chairs are filled, we often needs substitutes, so please contact us.


We are always looking for strings (violin, viola, cello and bass), so feel free to drop in.

If you have played with us and think you can come regularly, please provide your contact information to your section leader so we can stay in touch and plan rehearsal attendance. We have a strings attendance sign-up sheet which we encourage everyone to use.

Where can I find parts?

Sign Out a Part

We have parts available to sign out for next week’s music at current week’s rehearsal. Most of our scores and parts are taken out on loan from the The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music of the Philadelphia Free Library.

Download from IMSLP

PDF copies of parts for our rehearsal selections, when they are in the public domain, are often available for download at no cost at the International Music Score Library Project – IMSLP – Petrucci Music Library.

Do you have branded merch?

Looking for a perfect gift from that special someone in your life?
You too can order OSP branded Lands End clothing and accessories!!!!
Use the link below to choose your item and add the OSP logo to it for like $7. You can even customize the embroidered logo color.
And because some asked (you know who you are), all proceeds go to Lands Ends.
We have set up an OSP store at Lands End where you can for a small additional fee add an embroidered OSP logo to almost any item they carry.

Visit the Lands End Orchestra Society Store

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