The Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle (RTOOT)
Who Are We
thank you for visiting the website of The Really Terrible Orchestra
Of the Triangle (RTOOT)! We invite you to explore our site, listen
to our music, leaf through our program materials, and watch our
rather odd movie, “The
Birth of an Orchestra”. While you’re
here, please sign our RTOOT Guestbook!
Who are we? The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle exists to encourage those who have been prevented from playing music together with others, either through lack of talent or some other factor, to rehearse and perform in an ensemble of similarly afflicted players. From a humble beginning in May 2008, we have grown into a 50-piece symphony orchestra worthy of its role as one of the premiere cultural gems of the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill NC (USA) region known as the Research Triangle. Except that we’re pretty terrible. Terrible, in the French sense of Des Enfants Terribles ... in that while we haven’t made fun of Bach or Mozart yet, we certainly have had a naughty excursion or two with Strauss and Tchaikovsky.
We acknowledge as our musical heritage the world-famous Really Terrible Orchestra (RTO) of Edinburgh, Scotland , which was founded by the eminent Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. Similar to the RTO, the primary goal of The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) is to involve competent musicians in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area who are not quite competent enough to play with the Durham Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony, or the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. Our passionate mission is to reach out to the entire music community, irrespective of individual expertise, in order to underline our commitment to accessibility and relevance. Accessibility, because we provide a unique opportunity for musicians of any age, gender, persuasion, political affiliation, race, who want to play with a group, regardless of their level of competence. Relevance, since our bizarre performances tend to attract the entire community (including particularly those on the fringe) who enjoy a good show and may never otherwise be lured inside a symphonic concert hall.
All ages, races, genders, and persuasions of instrumentalists are invited to join our ranks. In particular, if Mom played the viola in college and Dad played the clarinet, and Junior is playing the oboe in the middle school orchestra, make it a family occasion and enjoy playing together in an ensemble!! Just send us an email (see ‘Contact Us’ at the bottom of the page) to sign up and request an audition.
Yes. There are auditions. We don’t want players who are too competent. Full details are found on the “Auditions” page under “RTOOT Players Retreat”
Rehearsals are held weekly on Sunday afternoon in Cary at the Herb Young Community Center just off Academy Street. Generally the RTOOT performs thrice a year, in Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, but is available at cost -- great cost -- for birthdays and corporate events. Persons or organizations wishing to employ The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) or a subset thereof, such as a string quartet or a chamber music ensemble, should contact our commercial subsidiary, the RTP (Really Terrible Philharmonic).
My Strow W. Sands Hobgood
Founder and Conductor of the Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle is W. Sands Hobgood, keyboardist and conductor in the triangle area since 1952. He has a legitimate job as a church musician but believes that the associated institutions would wish to remain anonymous. Mr. Hobgood, in addition to his conducting activities, rearranges the hard parts for instruments that are incapable of performing them as written.
Mr. Hobgood has also appeared in films produced by the local collective 301 films (see www.301films.com) and appeared in a major role in “Fast Freddie Fantastic”.
Furthermore, Mr. Hobgood also serves as the Really Terrible Webmaster. He is now ably assisted by the Assistant Really Terrible Webmastress, Ms. Rennie Martin, without whom you would not be reading this.
Really Terrible Webmaster W. Sands Hobgood consults with Assistant Really Terrible Webmastress Rennie Martin over aspects of synchronization of the HTML tags using an RSS feed over multiple CGI linkages through the ASP interfaces at HostMonster, our server. Photo by Chris Jones, 501 Diner.
The Assistant Conductor of The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) is Michael Lyle, who comes way over-qualified with a MM in Conducting. We believe The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) to be the only civic orchestra in the Triangle with an Assistant Conductor.
My Strow W.
Sands Hobgood discusses the program for the inaugural concert with
the Assistant Conductor of The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the
Triangle (RTOOT) Michael Lyle.
Photo by Chris Jones, 501 Diner.
RTOOT Now Found in Wikipedia
The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) is pleased to note that we are now found in Wikipedia along with the original RTO from Edinburgh Scotland.
The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) is chartered as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of North Carolina. It is classified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt institution by the Internal Revenue Service.
Board of Directors
The Board Of Directors Of The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT), otherwise known as the BODORTOOT, includes the following members (in alphabetical order):
• Professor Allen Anderson and Head of the Composition Area of the Music Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Anderson is Vice President of the Board
• W. Sands Hobgood, conductor, music director, and founder of The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT), and President and Chairman of the Board
• Patti Jean Spinillo, who comes to us from the farming community of Eli Whitney, NC, and who was the Principal Associate and Chief Roadie on Mr. Hobgood's "Bless Your Heart Eastern European Organ Concert Tour of 2001". Patti Jean serves as secretary to the Board
• Florence Peacock, who describes herself as Diva Soprano of Chapel Hill, NC, and treasurer of the Board
• Douglass Little, who lives in Raleigh and conducts a middle school orchestra in Chapel Hill. She also plays with The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) and is principal cellist
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