Who are we?
The Whitehorse Orchestra is a community orchestra, centred on the Box Hill area in Victoria, Australia, which rehearses on Saturday mornings throughout the year. It has over 80 playing members. The orchestra provides an excellent and enjoyable musical experience for musicians of all ages, and performs regularly in public. The current programs are listed on another page.

There is a waiting list for all instruments due to the current size of the orchestra, and lack of rehearsal space. There are no age limits and we do not audition. Due to the steadily improving standard of the orchestra and the choice of music for our performances, it would be necessary to be of at least 4th grade (AMEB) standard to be able to manage the repertoire. Potential members who are of this standard should contact us with regard to enquiring about joining. Generally, potential members if accepted by us would join us for a few rehearsals and then decide for themselves whether to apply for
membership or not.

history of the orchestra is narrated on another page, and previous programs indicate the type of music that the players and audiences enjoy.

(Above) strings with Gerald Keuneman OAM and Stephen Coutts;
(below) brass, woodwind and percussion; rehearsal May 2018 for
our presentation of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Friendly atmosphere
The orchestra compensates for its non-audition policy by an atmosphere of friendship and mutual support amongst the members, and by carefully selecting its musical director. This has resulted in a continuously improving performance standard which compares favourably with other amateur orchestras. The orchestra is administered by an elected committee, which in turn appoints the
Music Director.

The orchestra is funded by concert receipts, members' subscriptions, fundraising, sponsorships and grants. Sponsorships are available and warmly welcomed. Those who wish to become a Friend of the Orchestra or provide other support may
contact the secretary at the address shown below.

In January many members of the orchestra holiday together at
Harrietville, in the beautiful Victorian mountains.

Whitehorse Orchestra at Box Hill Town Hall, 10th April 2016

Our Conductor
Musical Director - Gerald Keuneman OAM

The success of any orchestra is largely due to the ability and sensitivity of its conductor / musical director and we are fortunate to draw on the experience of Gerald Keuneman, who has filled this role for the past 25 years.

Gerald's work with the ABC Showband, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and in musical theatre as a highly accomplished cellist allowed him to perform under the baton of world famous conductors and with many eminent international artists in both the classical and popular fields. This experience, together with his commitment to community music and musical education, guides us in offering innovative performances of great enjoyment and creativity.

Gerald Keuneman
Our Concert Master
Philip Carrington

Philip has had extensive experience working with adult string and orchestral players. He has taught and resolved problems for students and players of all standards and musical interests, from bush bands and rock fiddlers, to orchestral players and soloists. Players have called him inspirational, dedicated, empathetic, enjoyable, visionary and energetic, and his "rare and admirable qualities as an orchestral trainer and conductor" have been noted by music critic John Sinclair.

Philip's commitment to community music spans decades, and includes many years conducting the Dorian le Gallienne and Zelman orchestras in Melbourne. More recently he has helped develop a resilient orchestra and group music program at Mont Albert Primary School and has assisted a string enrichment program at Blackburn High School.

Philip Carrington
Our President and Committee
The management of Whitehorse Orchestra is capably carried out by a committee elected from members of the orchestra. These people, together with other volunteers, work behind the scenes to ensure that all aspects of orchestral operation work smoothly.

Our current President, Anne Pitcher, has been a Committee member from 1988 to 2004, and 2007 to present; Music Librarian from 1989 to 1998; and President from 2001 to 2004, and 2007 to present.

Anne Pitcher