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 2018-2019 is as follows:

Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m.
Featuring all of the Instrumental Ensembles in a unique performing moving from piece to piece with no pause.

Saturday, November 10, 8 p.m.
West Side Story
Bernstein, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story; Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 1 (“Winter Dreams”)

Saturday, December 1, 8:30 p.m.
Movie and Music of December
Anderson, Sleigh Ride; Elmer Bernstein, Magnificent Seven; Giacchino, Star Trek; Kristen-Anderson/Robert Lopez, Frozen; Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker Suite; Williams, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Williams, Lincoln; Williams, Superman Returns; Zimmer, Dark Knight

Friday, March 29, 8 p.m.
It’s Time
Avshalomov, End Game; Galante, Rays of the Spirit; Brahms, Symphony No. 1

Wednesday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Conductors Concert
Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Orchestra with conducting students of Brian Norcross

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 717-358-4233.