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
"Hallelujah Chorus" audience singalong - complete with sandbags at the front of the stage

"Hallelujah Chorus" audience singalong - complete with sandbags at the front of the stage

"1812 Overture" with firepower provided by National Guard floodfighting unit

"1812 Overture" with firepower provided by National Guard floodfighting unit

  • 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
Sanford Health Center "Music for the Heart" series

Sanford Health Center "Music for the Heart" series


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


Cellist Bill Comita and violinist Jennifer Tackling performing on a sunny summer Saturday morning at Red River Market

Cellist Bill Comita and violinist Jennifer Tackling performing on a sunny summer Saturday morning at Red River Market

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.