It's hard to believe, but it's time for the 2016-2017 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. 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 -- last year we had over 60 participants ages 5 to 85. 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.
New this Year!
Performances Only: You can join for performances and dress rehearsals only (without attending regional rehearsals through the winter.) Fee is $185. Please inquire about details of this option.
Family Discounts: Overall family discounts are available. Contact us for details of this special.
Music will be available but CD's will also be available for those people who play by ear. Call ahead (603-661-1981) to discuss your ability level and for a registration form. Or, you can download a registration form below.
Below is more information on our coaches, the children's group and registration information.
Training Fee for All Sessions: $215
Participate in Performances (and dress rehearsals only): $185
Children's Group: $160
Shana Aisenberg (Freedom)
Melissa Bragdon Caron (Somersworth and Portland, Maine).
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.
Since this is a training Ensemble, there is a fee of $215 (payable to Fiddleheads Acoustic Music Camp). (Scholarships and partial scholarships available. If anyone would like to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, please contact Ellen.)
2016-2017 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 New! Portland, Maine at Acoustic Artisans, 594 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101 Directions
Dress rehearsals will take place on March 19 and March 26, 2017, in Exeter and Franklin.
Final Performance Information:
Saturday, April 1, 2017, GRAPPONE TOYOTA, BOW, NH 03304, 7:00pm
(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
Sunday, April 2, 2017, Location TBD
Saturday, April 8, 2017, Exeter Town Hall, 7:00pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017, Franklin Opera House, 316 Central St. (City Hall), Franklin, NH 03235, 2:00pm