The Green Room - Member Musicians

Tuesdays 7 pm to 10 pm

Click here for CaPop's 2013 - 2014 rehearsal schedule

Rehearsal Campus Map Location (pdf link)
Gunn High School Rm #M1
780 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA

Map Link: Yahoo printable map to Gunn HS

Spangenberg Theatre
Gunn High School
780 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA

From San Francisco Hwy 280
1. I-280 SOUTH 32.4
2. Take the ARASTRADERO RD/PAGE MILL RD exit towards PALO ALTO 0.3
3. Turn Left on PAGE MILL RD 1.4
4. Turn Right on FOOTHILL EXPY 1.3
5. Turn Left on ARASTRADERO RD 0.1

From San Francisco Hwy 101
1. Take the US-101 SOUTH exit towards SAN JOSE 33
2. Take the EMBARCADERO RD/OREGON EXPWY exit towards SAN JOSE 0.5
3. Continue on OREGON EXPY 1.7
4. Bear Right on PAGE MILL RD 0.3
5. Turn Left on EL CAMINO REAL 1.4
6. Turn Right on ARASTRADERO RD 1.0

From San Jose Hwy 101
1. Take the US-101 NORTH ramp towards SAN FRANCISCO 9.8
2. Take the SAN ANTONIO ROAD WEST exit (Palo Alto) 2.0
3. Turn Right on EL CAMINO REAL 1.0
4. Turn Left on ARASTRADERO ROAD 1.0

From San Jose Hwy 280
1. Take the I-280 NORTH ramp towards SAN FRANCISCO 0.5
2. Merge on I-280 NORTH 9.8
3. Take the FOOTHILL EXPWY/GRANT ROAD exit 0.3
4. Bear Right on FOOTHILL EXPY 5.6
5. Turn Right on ARASTRADERO RD 0.1

CalPops Orchestra Member Info: Rehearsal Schedule and Seating

Click here for the 2013 - 2014 musician schedule (prelim-draft) : (printable pdf file)

Rehearsal Time: Tuesdays/Thursday 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Dress Rehearsals & Shows: Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road,Los Altos, CA Link to Yahoo map

Musican Large Instrument drop-off, Parking and Entrance Instructions for Sunday show days: Click Here.

On show day please park in Lot 6. Parking is pre-paid for you there. (You're welcome!)

Large Instrument Drop-off (Harps, Percussion, Basses, saxes) you have two options.

Option 1 - (our recommendation) - Drop your instruments off in front of Smithwick Theater. To get there take the perimeter road. At the campus fountain turn right onto the one-way campus drive. Go past cardiac hill and past the back entrance to Smithwick theater. Stay in the left lane. Watch for the "Buses ONLY" sign at the campus center. It's before the foot bridge. At that sign there is a emergency vehicle driveway - it's steep. Go to the top.

  • Do not block access in or out for the CPO rental van, any emergency, campus or police vehicle.
  • The police station is on this drive so be quick and stealthy! Parking is NOT allowed on this driveway. You will be fined, towed and keelhauled (we've heard).
  • Then repark in the appropriate parking areas according to the below Tuesday and Sunday parking instructions. Cars parked behind the Theater will be ticketed or towed.

Option 2 - Drop your instruments off behind Smithwick Theater and then CLIMB the last steep flight of stairs to the theater entrance. After unloading and securing your instruments inside you will need to re-park your car in Lot 6. Cars parked behind the Theater will be ticketed or towed. Park in Lot 6 then walk/cart/roll the 3-4 minutes to the theater. This path is on the same level as the theater with just a gentle 40-pace incline to start.

PLEASE NOTE - on Dress rehearsal evenings the parking is NOT prepaid. It is $3 and vended from machines in the lots that require coins or $1 dollar bills only. Foothill enforces parking 24/7. The Pops will not reimburse for any parking citations/funds.

Show days: 1/2 hr warmup/sound checks on performance date - see below schedule with map links.


Musician Preview and Seating Process
The California Pops wants to provide the best opportunity it can for every player in the orchestra. We do our best to ensure that all members will truly enjoy the Pop's experience contributing to our performance excellence. Below are a couple process explanations to assist orchestra members.

Previews of Interested Musicians
Maestro Venaas meets with interested musicians prior to joining. This meeting gives Kim an opportunity to discuss the Pops and preview musicians. The musician may perform as a soloist, with accompaniment, in a small ensemble (Duet/Trio) or have an opportunity to play one or two Pop's selections with Kim. Those selected would receive the schedule for the remaining season.

Preview auditions will be announced, publicized and completed one month prior to the start of each concert rehearsal series and during the summer break in preparation for the next season.

Orchestra Seating
Principal players are selected directly by the music director. Section seating is jointly determined by the principal, conductor, and talent manager using the below factors. The aspects of the principal's functions are listed below. Seating is provided on the first day of rehearsal.

General Seating Factors:

  • Level of experience
  • Technical Skill
  • Performance Quality
  • Attendence (absences and/or tardiness)

String Section Seating
Seating is according to level of performance

Principal Standards

  • High performance standards, playing accuracy, intonation, dynamics, tempos, and entrances.
  • Experienced in handling a wide range of styles. Be prepared for the unusual.
  • Promote and assist others developing the section.
  • Organize and lead sectionals as needed.
  • Coordinate prospects, recruits and future openings with the Talent Manager.
  • When available participate in section auditions.
  • Perform and rehearse designated solo passages. Obtain outside coaching on solos and difficult passages as needed.
  • For strings, provide bowings in coordination with other string sections.
  • Generally fun loving Kick Butt performers!

California Pops Orchestra - 3790 El Camino Real, Mail Suite 341 - Palo Alto, California 94306 - Phone: (650) 856-8432