Out from the wartime shade provided by its 138 year old guardian, the Harvard Orchestra, sponsored by the Pierian Sodality of 1808, has set up ambitious plans for enlargement and has already scheduled a year-round series of concerts during the coming terms.
Inactive over the summer, the Orchestra expects to have 35-40 old members, plus 15-20 Radcliffe girls, on hand as the term begins, but John Finnegan '47, manager of the group, said that Malcolm H. Holmes, director of the Orchestra and Dean of the New England Conservatory, would welcome as many new members as possible.
Personnel shortages exist now in the string section, especially among the violas, and the group needs bassoon players and one more tympanist.
After a sight reading rehearsal in Sanders Theatre October 1 and tryouts in the Music Building on October 2 and 3, serious rehearsals for the fall season will start.
Two big concerts, one at Wellesley in late November, and one in Sanders Theatre with the Harvard-Radcliffe Choral Society, in the early part of the same month, will highlight the coming term.
Later on, concerts at Mt. Holyoke, Vassar, Colby Junior College and other schools are planned, while a spring trip, ticketed for the first week in April, may possibly take the Orchestra to schools in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.