The F&M Orchestra is an ensemble of approximately 80 members made up primarily of F&M students, as well as members of the community and outstanding high school musicians. Ninety-five percent of the student members are not music majors. All of the members are dedicated to joyful rehearsing, and performing of great repertoire. The repertoire includes master works of orchestral repertoire as well as premieres of new works. The orchestra rehearses Monday and Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:30. Students may receive .5 credits for two semesters of participation. Membership is by audition.
The performance schedule for 2014-2015 is as follows:
Saturday, October 25, 8 pm, Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Sunday, November 9, 4 pm at First United Methodist Church
Holst, The Planets (excerpts); Saint-Saens, Symphony No. 3 ("The Organ")
Saturday, November 15, 8 pm, "The Planets and Organs"
Holst, The Planets (excerpts); Saint-Saens, Symphony No. 3 ("The Organ"); Dal Porto, Song of Eternity (College Orchestra Directors Association premiere)
Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m., "Movie Music and Music of December" featuring student conductors
Saturday, April 11, 8 pm, conducted by Todd Sullivan
Sibelius, Finlandia; Brahms, Symphony No. 2; winners of the Concerto Competition
There are auditions for all of the instrumental ensembles during the first week of the fall semester and by appointment at the beginning of the spring semester. These auditions are 10 minutes in length. For the audition performers are asked to prepare a piece that they feel comfortable with and to prepare major scales, up to three sharps and three flats, in as many octaves as they feel comfortable. Audition appointments can be made by contacting the instrumental ensembles conductor, Dr. Brian Norcross, at or by calling 717-291-4233.