All of the instrumental ensembles, Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Philharmonia, 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.
October 22, 2022 Spectrum
Homecoming/Family Weekend/True Blue Weekend showcase concert featuring the F&M Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Music Society.
November 5, 2022 Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Tull, Final Covenant
Robert Sheldon, Danzas Cubanas
Holst, Second Suite
Julie Giroux, Symphony No 5
November 12, 2022 Orchestra
Galante, Ark of Noah
Linda Robbins Coleman, Celebration Symphonic Jubilee
Sibelius, Karelia Suite
Respighi, Pines of Rome
February 11, 2023 Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up
Rachmaninoff, Symphony No 2
March 4, 2022 Philharmonia
Featuring winners of the Solo and Concerto Competition
March 31, 2023 Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Husa, Music for Prague
Grainger, Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon
Lehman Rhymos-Chròma (Premiere)
Jennifer Jolley, Ash
Maslanka, Morning Star
April 1, 2023 Orchestra
Kenneth Amis, Bell Tone Rings
Beethoven, Leonore Overture III
Emily Liushen, Remove Tough Stains
Brahms, Symphony No 2
April 22, 2023 Movie Music Night
Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Favorites of music from the silver screen as well as video games. Repertoire to be announced.
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.