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 2013-2014 is as follows:
Saturday, October 26, 8 pm, Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Saturday, November 9, 8 pm, "The Great", Schubert, Symphony No. 9 ("The Great C Major"); Ives, Variations on "America"; R. Strauss, Feierlicher Einzug; J. Strauss Jr., Overture to Die Fledermaus
Saturday, November 23, 8 pm, "Movie Music Night/ Music of the Season", Schoenberg, Les Miserables; Silvestri, Polar Express; Williams, Raiders of the Lost Ark; Reed, Russian Christmas Music; Giacchino, Star Trek
Friday, April 5, 8 pm, "American in Paris", Smetana, The Moldau; Gershwin, An American in Paris; Brahms, Symphony No. 3; winners of the Concerto Competition
Wednesday, April 23, 8 pm, Conductors Concert
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.