The Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts 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 FOWM was born.

FOWM is young but it’s already 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 donate to keep this fledgling community going, please write a check payable to “Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts” and mail it to:


PO BOX 182

Northampton, MA 01061-0182