All of the instrumental ensembles, Orchestra, Symphonic Wind EnsemblePhilharmonia, Jazz, Western African Drumming, and Chamber Music, at F&M are open to students of any major (nearly 95% of the participating students are not music majors).

The goal of the instrumental ensembles is to provide the participating students with once-in-a-lifetime artistic opportunities every semester. The focus of these performing ensembles is to develop an appreciation of the creative endeavor in how it relates to music and musical performance. Rehearsals are designed for students to react and respond to the rest of the ensemble, thus creating an ensemble that is vital and constantly developing new artistic responses. The students are expected to practice and prepare their repertoire for every rehearsal. Students may choose to receive a half credit for participating in two consecutive semesters in a large ensemble.

 

Reptortoire 2021-2022

October 15, 2021 Spectrum

Featuring the Instrumental Music Ensembles of F&M including the F&M Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Philharmonia.

October 30, 2021 Philharmonia

Carbon, Astro Dogs (premiere)

Bach, Brandenburg concerto No. 4

Stravinsky, Octet   

November 5, 2021 Symphonic Wind Ensemble

John Mackey, Xerxes

Chance, Variation on Korean

Kenneth Fuchs, Christina's World

Ralph Lehman, Hymns of the Earth (premiere)

Gandolfi, Vientos y Tango

Persichetti, Symphony for Band

Noveber 6, 2021 Orchestra

Tchaikovsky, Marche Slave

Vaughan Williams, Rhosymedre

Jose' Elizondo, Estampas Mexicans 3221/222 3P (purchased)

Beach, Symphony No. 2 3332/4231 T

December 4, 2021 Movie Music Night

F&M Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble Orchestra

Powell, How to Train Your Dragon

Shore, Lord of the Rings, Return of the King

John Williams, Jurrasic Park

James Howard, Fantastic Beasts

SWE

Anderson, Sleigh Ride

Hisaishi, Spirited Away

Zimmer, Spirit Stallion 

Silvestri, Captain America

Menken/Moss, Beauty and the Beast 

February 12, 2022 Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up

Philharmonia

Mahler, Symphony No. 3

March 5, 2022 Philharmonia

Winners of the Solo and Concerto Competition

Mozart, Symphony No. 29 

April 1, 2022 Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Galante, Journey to the Lion's Castle

David Gillingham, Be Thou My Vision

Frank Ticheli, Sanctuary 

Kathryn Salfelder, Cathedrals

Arturo Marquez, Danzon No. 2

Philip Sparke, Sunrise at Angel's Gate

Otto Schwartz, Bonaparte 

April 10, 2022 Orchestra

Hovhaness, And God Created Great Whales

Coleridge-Taylor, Ballad

Jesse Ayers, Shinkansen

Dvorak, Symphony No. 9, from the New World                                                                                                                                                            

The choral groups provide exciting opportunities for students to experience the potential power that music can have in their lives. Directed by Professor William Wright, both the College Chorus and the Chamber Singers explore a wide range of repertoire in an enjoyable yet hard-working atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation. One-half of a course credit can be earned by participating in either group for any two consecutive semesters, and is awarded at the end of the second semester of participation. It is also possible to participate without course credit.

Choral Concerts 2021-2022

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm 

True Blue Weekend Choral Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers

Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Holiday Choral Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers

Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 3:00 pm

"A Touch of Spring"

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers

Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Spring Choral Concert

Franklin & Marshall College Chorus and Chamber Singers

Barshinger Center for Musical Arts

 

Prospective Students

Students who are considering applying to F&M need not audition before they become enrolled students. Instead, so that the music department can become an advocate of the prospective student, it is suggested that you send a tape of your playing, presenting a solo or etude that you feel comfortable with. This should be sent during the application time period and mailed to Brian Norcross, instrumental conductor.