The Oak Hammock Chamber Players are a group of instrumental musicians who enjoy playing music with others. We welcome Oak Hammock members as well as others from the community who play or who have once played orchestral instruments. There are no auditions, and some of our members had not played in over 50 years before joining the group. If you do not have an instrument, we can recommend local places where you might rent an instrument. You will also need to have your own music stand.

Most of our selections are from the classical repertoire (e.g., Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Grieg), but we also play traditional pieces, show tunes and seasonal music. If you would like to see examples of the kinds of music we play, go to and look for Music for Four under Quartets. You will be able to see samples of the music on your screen.

We generally rehearse once a week for an hour, the time depending in large part on the availability of our conductor. We are very fortunate in having Gary Langford working with us. Gary is a retired music professor, band director and jazz music expert from the University of Florida. He has won many teaching awards and is a popular ILR instructor at Oak Hammock as well. Nancy Green, a former music teacher and one of our Oak Hammock members who has long been a key person in the musical world of Oak Hammock, has also been very helpful and encouraging during our development as a group.

We occasionally give concerts and perform at holiday or marketing events. Some members of the group may also perform solos, duets, or trios. We try to be as flexible as possible.

The Oak Hammock Chamber Players are members of the New Horizons International Music Association, which is a support network for musicians over 50. For more information, go to You can see lists of other member organizations, news about their activities, and their video is very inspiring.

For additional information, contact Mike Plaut.

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