The Orchard Lake Philharmonic is a community orchestra conducted by Norman A. Logan, that meets weekly on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 pm at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, MI.
The orchestra first met in September 2007 at St. Mary's Preparatory School in Orchard Lake, Michigan. We had rehearsals in the old gym which gave us some interesting competition for space, since the gym was still being used. Thirteen musicians were at that first rehearsal of the, then called, OLPS Community Orchestra. We had six violins, two violas, and a flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and french horn. Any Madonna University student could play with us and take orchestra for credit.
At the end of our first year, the Oakland Community College chairman of the music department sought us out to make us the resident orchestra for OCC. Not only could OCC students take orchestra for credit, but rehearsal space for the orchestra was provided at the Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills.
In 2009, the name was changed to OLPS Symphony Orchestra. By 2010 the rehearsal space at OCC wasn't big enough any more, moving rehearsals to West Bloomfield High School.
The beginning of 2015 brought significant changes to the leadership of the orchestra after the departure of founder, Judith Moslak. The orchestra moved from West Bloomfield High School to Abbott Middle School, and changed its name from OLPS Symphony Orchestra to the Orchard Lake Philharmonic.
Any adult can join our orchestra, space permitting for wind instruments. Students attending Madonna University and Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge can be awarded credit hours for participating in the Orchard Lake Philharmonic.