Currently, the main ensemble of FCO is an open general ensemble. Led by Theresa Britt, there are 12-20 musicians who gather to play a range of string orchestra music. In order to offer something for all players, some of the music is leveled for less experienced musicians and some of the music is more complex. However, the ensemble is about our community, with the more experienced players helping out the less experienced players.
The ensemble has people of all ages, from middle-school to retirement. This is a nice feature of our group, as you get some really unique interaction with all these diverse musicians playing in harmony together. We meet approximately twice per month through the Fall and Spring. We perform four times per year. Contact our director for more information regarding participation in this group.
The Suzuki ensemble is for youth involved in private lessons or other group classes in the area. We play music from the Suzuki repertoire. It is a mixed ensemble of violins, violas, and cellos. We meet on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. during the school year. Contact our director for more information regarding participation in this group.
Even the youngest players who can barely hold the bow or the instrument can join us for the Twinkle group. We meet twice per month on Saturdays at 11 a.m. at the Court House Gazebo in Fredericksburg to play games that work on bow grips, instrument posture, and various beginning aspects of playing. All students beginning violin with any teacher in the area are welcome to come to the group. Contact our director for more information regarding participation in this group.
At each concert, the most advanced players in the Community Orchestra will comprise the Chamber Orchestra. We will work on more advanced works to include in our programs.