Flatirons Community Orchestra strives to be as open and inclusive as possible, to put as much “community” in “community orchestra” as we possibly can. We play for the love of making music together. We are very friendly, and we have joined forces in FCO to make a place that we feel is unique. Our organization and policies have been structured differently than other community orchestras with the goal of maximizing this inclusiveness and community aspect, and to increase our enjoyment of rehearsing and performing together.
Purpose and Goals
- To provide an avenue for the extension of musical studies and lifetime enrichment for instrumentalists of all ages and expertise.
- To promote traditional orchestral and wind symphony repertoire through rehearsals and voluntary-donation performances.
- To supply (possibly paid) musical accompaniment to special events for the benefit of both the musicians and the audience.
The only named principal player will be the concertmaster. The concertmaster will be selected by agreement between the Music Director and the Board. Each section shall be self-organizing according to the principles outlined in the Players Handbook. The intent is to provide opportunities for players that they may not be able to find anywhere else. We encourage all sections to rotate parts for a single piece or concert, in order to create maximum inclusiveness. Any player in any section, who is qualified, should have the opportunity to play 1st chair, and that position should be freely rotated.
We are a fee-based orchestra, to reduce fundraising and maximize music-making. Rather than charge a flat membership fee, players donate what they are able. The suggested donation is $5-$10 per rehearsal ($20-$40/mo). Donations are tax-deductible and donors receive a year-end donation statement. Questions about donating can be directed to Carolyn Bradley (cello).
Please read our Players Handbook for complete membership policies.
All strings are welcome to join the orchestra at any time. To balance the string sections, we typically need more first violins and basses.
A core group of wind players comprise the wind section of the orchestra. Please contact us to inquire about openings. If a particular wind section is complete, other players of that instrument are encouraged to contact us to be on the substitute list. We will contact you if an opportunity arises. (The flute and clarinet sections are currently full and have no openings.)
We communicate primarily via this website and Google Groups emails and you will be asked to join the email group once you join the orchestra.
Interested in joining or finding out more? Please contact us using the contact form.