To all interested musicians: at the moment, all introductory rehearsals have finished.
Because of this, we're no longer able to accept any new musicians . But no worries!
Make sure to keep an eye on our website and Facebook page , so you can join us next semester.
The GUHO is an orchestra for everyone who studies in Ghent (including international students) and has reached the higher levels of their musical education, or an adequate level due to experience. If you want to become a member, you'll of course need to participate actively . That means being present at all rehearsals and our rehearsal weekend (which, by the way, is a blast)!
WHERE AND WHEN?
The GUHO rehearses every Monday of the academic semester from 20-22h in the room 'Trechterzaal', on the highest floor of student center 'the Therminal' (Hoveniersberg 24, 9000 Ghent). Introductory rehearsals are from 22-22.30h.
Since the GUHO is a university student club, we follow the academic calendar of Ghent University. During university exam periods and the holidays, we don't rehearse. Every year, we give at least two concerts: at the beginning of December and May.
If you made it all the way here: great! The GUHO cannot wait to welcome you to our orchestra. To keep the balance and quality of our orchestra intact, the GUHO follows a short, but mandatory selection procedure. This takes place during the first two weeks of the semester, just before the introductory rehearsal. At that rehearsal, all interested musicians are welcome.
What can you expect?
- An introductory conversation: during this short chat, we want to get to know you a little bit better, and we will gauge your motivation and experience on the one hand, and will ask you about your expectations on the other hand.
- An audition: we expect you to prepare a short piece of music of your own preference, where you can show off your sound, technique and musicality! This doesn't have to be long or extremely difficult at all. The most important thing is that you're not afraid to play.
- An introductory rehearsal: next, you'll participate in the rehearsal where you'll get to know the other musicians. And afterwards, there's still time to chat with each other at our optional, but strongly recommended, bar ;-).
Every musician in the GUHO knows that an audition comes with some amount of stress . This is definitely not our intention! The auditions are primarily a tool for us to organise our orchestra and to preserve our musical balance. By the way, our audition and introductory conversation are attended by Dimitri, our conductor, and a couple of musicians of the GUHO - students just like you !
After the introductory rehearsal, we'll decide if you can officially join the GUHO. For this decision, we'll primarily depend on your motivation and engagement during the rehearsal, and your audition to a lesser extent.
I'M INTERESTED! WHAT NOW?
Awesome!! First, you need to fill in our registration form . You can find it at the bottom of this page or here in a new tab. After that, we'll contact you ourselves at the e-mail address you provided in the form, and we'll let you know at what time we expect you for your introductory conversation and audition. Keep an eye on your mailbox and spam folder for this e-mail!
PRACTICAL INFORMATION (COVID-19)
We're doing everything in our power to proceed with the open rehearsels and auditions (with respect to the corona measurements). To ensure your protection, the orchestra will be separated in two groups. Your introductory rehearsal will therefore be on 21/9 or 28/9.
More information and the date/time of this rehearsal and audition will be communicated via email (after your registration). The audition takes place, right before the rehearsal, which starts from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
Don't hesitate to send us an e-mail with your questions. We don't bite ;-)! You can contact us via e-mail at info(at)guho.be.