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 2013-2014 is as follows:
Friday, October 4, 8 pm, Conducting Independent Study of Kelby Sappington '14, Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique
Saturday, October 26, 8 pm, Homecoming/Family Weekend Spectrum Concert
Saturday, November 16, 8 pm, "Gratitude", Mozart, Symphony No. 38; Lehman, Fragments of the Imagination (premiere, Benjamin Martin '16, flute); Walsh, Cello Concerto (premiere); Whitacre, October
Wednesday, December 4, 8 pm, Conducting Independent Study of Matthew Momjian '14, Beethoven, Symphony No. 3; Yardumian, Armenian Suite
Saturday, February 1, 8 pm, Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up, R. Strauss, Death and Transfiguration; Barber, Symphony No. 1; Copland, Suite from The Tender Land
Saturday, April 11, 8 pm, "The Creation of the Earth", Bach, Brandenburg Concert No. 4; Milhaud, La creation du monde; Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
Wednesday, April 23, 8 pm, Conductors Concert
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.