Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of music do you play?

We play music of many styles arranged for mandolin orchestra. This includes transcriptions of classical music, mandolin orchestra arrangements from the early 1900s, modern compositions for mandolin orchestra, and arrangements of popular tunes.

What instruments do you use in the group?

Mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, guitar, and bass.

Where do you play?

We play at park concerts, senior homes, art festivals, churches, and other venues.

Who would I contact for bookings?

Jonathan Bredin at jbredin@gmail.com or 719-439-8019.

Who is your music director?

Lon Hendricks. You can reach him at lonhendricks@minnesotamandolinorchestra.org or 651-644-2975.

How many players do you have?

About twenty-five.

Do you have a smaller group for venues that are too small for the whole group?

Yes. Please write to Lon Hendricks for more information.

Are you looking for more players?

Yes, we're always happy to meet new players at all levels of expertise.

Where and when do you rehearse?

We rehearse most Mondays from 7:00 to 8:30. We're usually at the Baha'i Center of Minneapolis, but occasionally we meet at other locations.
Unfortunately, we are currently not meeting, becasue of COVID-19.
When we resume, you can find the schedule on the MMO schedule page.

How do you get to the Baha'i Center?

From 35W, take the 35th/36th Street exit. Go east on 36th Street to Chicago Avenue and turn right. The address is 3644 Chicago Avenue South. If you use Metro Transit, bus route 5 will take you there.

How can I join the group?

Come and sit in on a rehearsal. If you enjoy playing with us, come back and play with us again. There are no auditions, formal admission procedures, or fees.

Can I go to a rehearsal just to observe?

Yes. All rehearsals are open to anyone who wants to observe or play along.

Do I have to be able to read music to join the group?

All our music is written in standard music notation. If you'd like to play with us but don't read music, we can help you learn.

Are the musicians paid for performances?

Not usually, but we sometimes reimburse travel costs if a performance is far from home.

Who started the MMO and how long has it been in existence?

Jack El-Hai started the group in 1991.

If you would like to add a question or comment on any of the answers, you may write to Lon Hendricks.