Fiddle Orchestra of Western Mass

located in downtown Northampton

Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts

Values and Goals

March 1 rehearsal

The Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts is an amateur orchestra made up mostly of fiddle players but also players of other instruments.

  • Not for profit
  • Professionally facilitated and conducted
  • Focus on learning
  • Focus on achieving a cohesive sound and cohesive spirit
  • Strive to play without sheet music at our concerts with the caveat that “by ear” is not suitable for everyone for a variety of reasons
  • All members respect and help cultivate the FOWM culture
    • Inclusiveness – We welcome, respect, and show kindness and friendliness to anyone who joins FOWM regardless of their musical skill and background, gender, sexual orientation, age, race or ethnicity, culture, geographic location, etc.
    • Supportiveness – We help each other grow musically by playing together and through respectful, positive, open conversation and problem solving.  All of us, from beginners to professional musicians, are learners. 
    • Open-mindedness – We are open to playing and trying different kinds of music and participating in different orchestral roles as presented to us by our Director. 
    • Sharing – We welcome appropriate ways to share with the community, such as by putting on an end-of-season concert, playing at community events, and allowing visitors to observe our practice sessions.
  • Join us! We can’t wait to play with you!

 

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