The F&M Philharmonia is the College's select chamber orchestra and chamber wind ensemble. This ensemble is approximately 30 players is made up of F&M's finest instrumentalists who are also members of either the F&M Orchestra or Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The repertoire includes works for full chamber orchestra as well as works for just strings and just winds. The Philharmonia rehearses Monday and Wednesday nights from 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. Participating students are enrolled at the 300/400 level of the Orchestra or Symphonic Wind Ensemble, but do not receive additional credits for participating in the Philharmonia.
The performance schedule for 2014-2015 is as follows:
Saturday, October 25, 8 pm, Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Sunday, November 2, 3 pm, Haydn, Symphony No. 92 ("The Oxford"); Frank Caravella, Five Octatonic Images (premiere); Jeffrey Campbell Binner, Alpha Waves (premiere); Debussy, Petite Suite
Saturday, January 31, 8 pm, Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up, Mahler, Symphony No. 5
Sunday, March 29, 3 pm, Todd Sullivan conducting
Ravel, Mother Goose Suite; Mendelssohn, Fingal's Cave (Hebrides Overture); Mozart, Symphony No. 35 ("Lintz")
Members of the Philharmonia are also members of either the Orchestra or Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Based upon the audition for those ensembles, players are invited to join the Philharmonia.