our first concert

The Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts

The Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts “FOWM” is a 501c3 non-profit organization, an affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society.

The Orchestra is the brainchild of two friends, Becky Shannon and Alice Yang, who have been playing fiddle together for several years. They heard about a fiddle orchestra for amateurs in Vermont and thought, “Why not here in our own western Mass?” They organized a volunteer board, hired two solid-gold professional fiddlers as directors, found rehearsal space, and on September 14, 2017, FOWM held its first rehearsal.

FOWM is young but it’s making magic. The camaraderie, community, can-do spirit, and sheer fun it’s nourishing is a powerful antidote to the challenges of the times we live in.

If you would like to help keep this fledgling community orchestra going, please consider a donation.

By credit card or by check payable to Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts mailed to:


PO BOX 182

Northampton, MA 01061-0182