First and foremost, the orchestral piece is complete (see timeline). More specifics about the piece itself are soon to come.
The piece was completed just in time for the first planned rehearsal with the orchestra, and the first rehearsal went quite well. After the first few minutes of shaky playing, the orchestra ran through the rest of the piece much more smoothly than I had expected. More to come on the first rehearsal as well.
Now it’s time for me to make revisions/edits to the piece using the feedback I received during the rehearsal and prepare for the second one.