The FMCO offers three ensembles for all levels of musicians regardless of age and ability! The tiered structure provides an environment where musicians can successfully advance “through the ranks” as they develop their skills. Our Preparatory Orchestra members regularly advance to our Philharmonic Orchestra, and many of our former Philharmonic Orchestra members now perform with our adult, professional level Symphony Orchestra!
All of our ensembles perform in both formal concerts and community events.
The Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra is our top orchestra, playing classical, contemporary, and popular orchestral repertoire with exciting soloists as well as choral works. It consists of advanced players of all ages but typically high school seniors and adults. The FMSO performs the standard professional orchestral repertoire, as well as pop and jazz, conducted by FMCO Music Director Esteban Rojas.
Each season it presents a series of formal concerts featuring guest soloists, new compositions, and favorites from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to these formal concerts, the Symphony Orchestra also plays an annual winter holiday concert with choir, an Independence Day concert, and an annual Children’s Interactive Concert.
The Symphony Orchestra consists of musicians from Flower Mound, Highland Village, Lewisville, and other Dallas / Fort Worth area communities. They volunteer their time and considerable talents for the benefit of cultural awareness in the community and for their own enjoyment of playing in an ensemble.
The Symphony Orchestra is open to adult musicians with established musical ability who are interested in sharing their talents with the community. Members are admitted by audition, are required to rehearse weekly and perform regularly. Regular rehearsals take place Monday evenings at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church (map) from 7:00 to 9:30 PM. There is no participation fee required at this level.
About the Flower Mound Philharmonic & Preparatory Orchestras
As part of its mission to bring music enjoyment and education to all ages and elements of the community, the FMCO includes two educational orchestras. The Preparatory Orchestra (since 1997) and the Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as the Progressive Orchestra, since 2001) are unique in that their memberships include children, youth, and adult amateur musicians. This creative environment allows families to participate together in multi-generational performing orchestras.
Because they are educational in nature and structure, the Flower Mound Preparatory and Philharmonic Orchestras provide a venue for beginner and intermediate musicians to develop and hone their skills while gaining opportunities to perform arrangements from the classical and popular orchestral repertoire.
The Preparatory and Philharmonic Orchestras require a modest fee for participation. Discounts are offered for siblings and families.
For more information about these ensembles, see the Flower Mound Preparatory and Philharmonic Orchestras Musician Handbook for 2016 – 2017.
The Flower Mound Philharmonic Orchestra provides the opportunity for advancing players of all ages to further their musical development with a more challenging repertoire including selections from student, pop, and classic material.
The Philharmonic Orchestra is geared toward junior high through adult players with 4 – 7 years of experience. This includes students who want to supplement their participation in school programs as well as adults with a desire to refresh past playing experience or those ready to move beyond the beginner level of ability. Family participation is encouraged.
This group rehearses on Tuesdays at Trietsch United Methodist Church from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. There is a fee for participation.
The Flower Mound Preparatory Orchestra is musicians getting started, from age 5 to 95, with one or more years experience playing. This orchestra plays a repertoire geared for the beginner. It is a perfect environment for adult beginning musicians to fulfill a cherished dream, as well as a place for younger beginners to supplement their public, private or home school music experience.
The Preparatory Orchestra rehearses from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church (map). There is a participation fee. Family participation is encouraged.
Chamber Music Ensembles
Chamber music includes any music performed by a small number of players. Flower Mound Symphony members — past, present, and auxiliary — often perform in small groups either as part of a formal concert or as a special ensemble formed to fit in a venue that would not accommodate a full orchestra. Chamber Music Ensembles are also formed by members of the Philharmonic and Preparatory Orchestras. Ensembles may consist of a solo player, a duo, trio, quartet or quintet, or a small instrument choir. Chamber Music concerts are held at the Flower Mound Public Library (map) and are free to the public.