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Requirements for Orchestra Performance
String players interested in becoming Orchestra Performing members of the Club should e-mail the Orchestra Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an audition, which generally requires the candidate to prepare a selection of his or her choice and two orchestral excerpts (sent in advance) and play them before a three-member orchestra audition committee. All other instrumentalists should schedule auditions through the FMMC Auditions chair, email@example.com. For more information, see our Auditions page. Generally, principal wind players are expected to perform at the skill level appropriate for a chamber or solo performer on their instrument. Performers who have achieved FMMC Solo or Chamber Performance membership through audition may play in the orchestra at the invitation of the orchestra committee
Founded in 1943 as a string ensemble, the orchestra grew to full symphonic instrumentation in the 1970’s. Pablo Saelzer has been Conductor and Music Director since 2005. The orchestra presents four to five concerts annually, one of which is held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and features a soloist from the Washington International Competition.
Although it maintains an amateur status, the orchestra has earned an outstanding reputation for its excellent performances and has garnered many favorable reviews. All orchestra concerts are open to the public free of charge, with no tickets needed except at the Kennedy Center concerts, where they are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
The orchestra is made up of approximately 65 highly qualified players, professional and amateur, all of whom volunteer their services. Most are Performing Members of the FMMC; however, players from outside the membership can participate at no cost to the Club when necessary to complete the instrumentation for a particular performance.
Orchestra performing members are encouraged to participate in FMMC Chorale concerts. See our Chorale page for information on Chorale concerts and rehearsals.
For more information, contact Orchestra Manager Nan Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the orchestra is to create individual and collective opportunities to participate in music-making, wherein performers bring the care and attention to details that enable the orchestra to be the best it can be and thereby impact the community with excellent performances. In pursuing its mission, the orchestra will make every effort to:
- Develop and implement best practices including those defined in its procedures below and other practices for carrying out its operations efficiently and effectively
- Attract highly accomplished players of all ages and backgrounds
- Develop orchestra sound
- Maintain and promote high standards of performance and musicianship
- Create meaningful and appealing programs
- Offer excellent performances
- Develop audiences of all ages and backgrounds