Friday, October 9, 2020

Mandolin Players Welcome!

Mandolin New England Debut Concert
Jan 15, 2015

If you play mandolin, mandola, mandocello, octave mandolin or mandobass, and you live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut or even New York, we'd love to  have you join the orchestra.

Simply fill out the contact form on the sidebar with your name, email address and cellphone number.  Someone will be in touch, inviting you to join our Slack group for orchestra communications.

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Classical Mandolin Workshop on YouTube LIVE Wednesday night at 7pm EST

Mandolin New England RI Rehearsal

We will be holding a YouTube LIVE event tonight at 7pm on Classical Mandolin.  If you have ever wanted to learn about classical music and what it's like to play in a mandolin orchestra, now's your chance.  This workshop series covers material related to what the orchestra is working on, the related instrumentation and other information.  The topic is generally about mandolins and specifically about Mandolin New England.

If you would like to attend, you will need a YouTube channel to ask questions in the chat.  There will be a Q&A at the end.  You don't need a YouTube channel to watch.

Donations are graciously accepted.  100% of donations go to Mandolin New England.  Learn more at

Here's the link to the YouTube LIVE event at 7pm Wednesday:

Friday, October 2, 2020

Joining the Orchestra


If you would like to join the orchestra, we would love to have you!  Simply contact us and be sure to indicate the instrument(s) you play, your skill level (if you don't know that's ok!) and where you live.  We are open to mandolin players of any skill level with the one caveat that you need to be able to sight-read music!  Some of the music we play is super easy and appropriate for amateurs, and some is tragically difficult and better for advanced players.

Actively seeking mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass players.  Also open to standup bass, classical guitar, octave mandolin.

Assuming you've told us what instrument you play and what is your skill level, we will email you appropriate parts, or send you a link to a PDF/Google Doc where you can download it yourself or upload it to your iPad or PC.  Let us know if you're having trouble loading it.

Due to the Coronavirus, we are all socially distancing and staying safe.  We are tentatively planning a get together for some time in January TBA, and concerts in the late Spring, early Summer.  

Thank you again for your interest!

Saturday, September 26, 2020



President Adam Sweet talks about plans for a Spring 2021 concert in Providence, RI and Western, MA

Socially-Distanced Practice

Even with the coronavirus pandemic, we still find time to get together to play music. If you would like to safely join us, put on a mask, get your music stand and light and head over to our new (temporary) rehearsal spot! We'd love to have you. Before you go, contact us so we can send you the sheet music and give you the address.

Mandolin New England, Where Are We Now?


Waiting for the concert

Mandolin New England's concert in May was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  We are planning a Spring 2021 concert which will be held in two places, Providence RI and Granby MA.  The date is tentative because of the situation, but we are working currently on the program material so that once the date is decided, we will be ready to put the finishing touches on it.

Free Concert in South Hadley

Adam Sweet, music director and founder of Mandolin New England, which will perform at town hall auditorium in the group's first concert on Saturday, Jan. 17

Mandolin New England,  South Hadley, MA

SOUTH HADLEY - The Mandolin Orchestra, formed a year ago performs their first concert Saturday night alongside the veteran mandolin ensemble, L'Esperance, and Northamption-based Mando Paradiso, that features music from the Baroque to the contemporary classical music period.

The free concert begins 7 p.m. at the South Hadley town hall auditorium, 116 Main St.

The South Hadley-based group, conducted by Adam R. Sweet, music director and founder of the chamber group, has been rehearsing each week since August in preparation for their maiden concert.

"I'm excited it's going to be fun," Sweet said.

On the program is Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.

Though the early 18th century masterpiece is scored for a traditional chamber orchestra of three violins, three violas, three cellos, and basso continuo, Sweet's orchestra, along with L'Esperance and Mando Paradiso, will perform it on mandolin.

"We are doing it all on mandolins. It sounds fantastic. It sounds like a harpsichord from heaven. It's just gorgeous, this rich tapestry of sound," Sweet said, adding: "Our musical connections throughout the region have led to a vision of a larger 'Mandolin New England' venture that links our orchestra with other mandolin ensembles." ~ Josh Bell, L'Esperance

Sweet also said the musical group hopes to contribute to ongoing efforts to revitalize the Falls neighborhood.

"Our South Hadley base makes us eager to play a role in the rise of the Falls," he said. "We're going to be working with the Falls committees to put out some classical concerts in the Falls and work with area composers to compose music with a South Hadley Falls theme."

Mandolin Players Welcome!

Mandolin New England Debut Concert Jan 15, 2015 If you play mandolin, mandola, mandocello, octave mandolin or mandobass, and you live in Mas...