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 2018-2019 is as follows:
Saturday, September 29, 8 p.m.
Harkins, Axis Mundi, Concerto for 24 Players (premiere); Mozart, Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”)
Friday, October 27, 8 p.m.
Featuring all of the Instrumental Ensembles in a unique performing moving from piece to piece with no pause.
Sunday, October 28, 3 p.m.
Press Start: The Evolution of Video Game Music
Nolt Music Award Conducting Concert by Jake Lippi ’19
Kondo/Tateishi/Tanaka/Yamamoto, arranged Jake Lippi, 20th Century Video Game Medley; Shimomura, transcribed Jake Lippi, Night of Fate; Gao, Time is a Place
Saturday, February 2, 8 p.m.
Super Bowl Cultural Warm-Up: When In Rome…
Ottorino Respighi, Pines of Rome; Festivals of Rome; Fountains of Rome
Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m.
Surprise! Going Solo!
Haydn, Symphony No. 94 (“Surprise”)
Winners of the Solo and Concerto Competition
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.