New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble

The 2017-2018 New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble,
A Community Orchestra
Brought to you by Fiddleheads Acoustic JamCamp
Click below to see videos from the 2012 and 2013 performances.
The purpose of the orchestra is to provide a place for musicians to learn all the basics of performing and musicianship, both in the traditional manner (learning by ear) and using sheet music. The graduated parts allow musicians of various ability levels to play together 
in harmony.
Welcoming all acoustic instruments and vocalists!
2018 registration, rehearsal information posted. See below.
Ensemble Videos Link
Preview Rehearsals Start in November! Now in Six Locations
It's hard to believe, but it's time for the 2017-2018 New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble. As you may already know, the Orchestra is made up of people of all ages and abilities playing a variety of acoustic instruments. For last year's Ensemble we had 85 people ages 5 - 87, playing fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harp, cello and more. We all have a great time practicing together through the winter and then we perform together as a group in the four April concerts.

Please feel free to join us at one of the Preview rehearsals in November to see if you would like to join this year's Orchestra. See below for the list of rehearsal locations and other details.

The NH Fiddle Ensemble is a community training orchestra that teaches all the basics of performing and musicianship, both in the traditional manner (learning by ear) and using sheet music. The orchestra is open to musicians of all ages and all levels of musicians are welcome. There are different parts for different levels. Beginners should call ahead. We will work on fiddle tunes and sung songs of many styles: American, Irish, Scottish, Swing, Folk, Bluegrass, etc. Both written and recorded music on CDs will be available. For the younger musicians we will have a Children's Group for kids 8 to 13. Everyone is expected to be at rehearsals and must be committed to practicing their parts on their own. Call ahead (603-661-1981) to discuss your ability level and to request a registration form. Or, you can download a registration form below.

Registration Information:
Since this is a training orchestra, there is a fee of $220. Scholarships and partial scholarships are available. There are overall family discounts available too. Please contact Ellen for more info. at 603-661-1981 or email

Performances Only Option: You can join for performances and dress rehearsals only (without attending regional rehearsals through the winter.) Fee is $200. Please inquire about what this option entails.

Training Fee for All Sessions (rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances): $220
Participate in Performances (and dress rehearsals ONLY): $200
Children's Group: $160
Above fees include recordings and sheet music to practice with.

Download the 2017-2018 Registration Form

Download the 2017-2018 Informational Flyer

Tilton, Exeter, Manchester Coach:
Ellen Carlson (603) 661-1981,

Kittery, Portland Coach:
Melissa Bragdon Caron (207) 415-9314

Tamworth Coach:
Shana Aisenberg (603) 393-3759

Children's Group, Ages 8 - 13
The Children’s Group will meet on the same days as the adult group for the first 45 minutes of each rehearsal plus two other rehearsals to be determined. Training fee of $160.

Rehearsal Dates, Times:

TILTON, NH at the Senior Center, 11 Grange Road
Fridays 5:00 - 6:30pm
Nov. 17, Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9

EXETER, NH at the Rec. Dept., 32 Court Street, Exeter
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Jan. 18, Feb. 1, Feb. 15, March 1, March 15

Mondays, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Nov. 13, Nov. 27, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Jan. 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 18, Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, 11, 25, Feb. 8, 22, March 8

​2017-2018 Rehearsal Locations and Directions:
Please note that rehearsal dates, times and locations are subject to change 
depending on where people who sign up are coming from.

Tilton: Old Grange Hall (Tilton Senior Ctr.), 11 Grange Road, Tilton, NH 03276 Directions
Exeter: Exeter Rec. Dept., 32 Court Street, Exeter, NH 03833 Directions
Freedom/Tamworth: Please contact us for directions.
Manchester: Please contact us for directions.
Portland, Maine: Please contact us for directions. 
​New! Kittery, Maine: Please contact us for directions.

Dress Rehearsals:
There are two dress rehearsals for all to attend on March 18 and March 25, 2018, in Exeter.

2018 Final Performance Information:

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 7:00pm at the Star Theatre, Kittery, Maine
Kittery performance will benefit the New Hampshire Children's Trust
Tickets for this performance will be available at:

Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:00pm at GRAPPONE TOYOTA, BOW, NH 03304
(Please note: Concert is NOT at Grappone Conference Center in Concord) 
594 NH Rt. 3A, Bow, NH 03304 BOW JUNCTION where 89 meets Rt. 93
Watch for the "Grappone Toyota" sign
Click here to visit GRAPPONE TOYOTA website for Directions
Bow performance to benefit the New Hampshire Children's Trust
Tickets for this performance will be available at:

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 7:00pm at the Exeter Town Hall
Exeter concert to benefit New Hampshire Children's Trust 
Tickets for this performance:

​Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:00pm Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St. (City Hall), Franklin, NH 03235
Franklin concert to benefit The Franklin Opera House
Tickets for this performance:
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Click below to see the Ensemble featured on the May 5 "New Hampshire Chronicle"
Video Courtesy of WMUR-TV
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Click below to see a few Ensemble members appearing 
on a recent "207" show at Maine's WCSH
Click here to visit WCSH's website "207" page
Listen to some of the music from 2015-2016 performed on NH Public Radio's 
"The Folk Show" with Kate McNally: Click Here
One of the 2017 New Hampshire Fiddle Ensemble concerts. 
Photo Credit: NH Children’s Trust and Brian Peterson
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