FMSO - DEEPLY ENGAGED IN THE COMMUNITY
When the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra was named the 2011 ChamberChoice Small Not-for-Profit of the Year, it was a powerful affirmation by the business community of the vital role that our wonderful professional orchestra plays in our region. Working together – whether in the fields of business or the arts – we make our community stronger and more vibrant. , to , our professional orchestra is a valuable part of the fabric of our community. The FMSO enhances music education throughout the region with its performances:
- Providing daytime concerts for every fourth-grade student in the region during the school day, where they hear exciting orchestral repertoire and learn about all the instruments of the orchestra
- Presenting world-class soloists from our Masterworks concert series in school visits and master classes
- Bringing superstar violinist MIDORI to our schools and concert stage through her Orchestra Residencies program
- Working with students one-on-one to help them realize their talents
But the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra is not just about concerts, it’s also about truly serving our community in new and sometimes unexpected ways such as:
- Bringing thousands of people together in a special concert at the Fargodome to celebrate the epic 2009 flood-fighting victory, complete with audience singalongs and victory speeches by our Congressional delegation
- Spearheading a community-wide New Americans Oral History project in conjunction with a concert featuring a massive new orchestral work by Peter Boyer, Ellis Island: The Dream of America
- Providing FMSO musicians to perform in small chamber ensembles twice a month in the atrium of Sanford Health Center downtown in the “Music for the Heart” series, which was initiated in October 2010
Collaboration with Prairie Public Television - FMSO musicians described and demonstrated their instruments for a series of short videos that were made available to area elementary schools.
You can find FMSO musicians demonstrating their instruments here
The FM Symphony plays a vital role in many aspects of the lives of the people in our community, proving that music is not only relevant, but essential to our society.