Eunice Pitmon was a string music educator in Moorhead, MN from 1957-1983
circa. She directed the orchestras at South Junior High and also
traveled to three elementary schools. (Mrs. Capistran began her
studies with Miss Pitmon in 1966 at Thomas Edison Elementary School.)
Pitmon was also a violinist in the FM Symphony. She studied at the
McPhail School in Minneapolis and operated a music store in Detroit
Lakes, MN before teaching in Moorhead. While teaching at South,
her String Ensemble performed at MMEA on several occasions. Many
of her students were members of the FM Area Youth Symphony.
I had the pleasure of visiting with Miss Pitmon on Sunday, August
16 at the Colonial Acres Health Care Center in Golden Valley (age
94). She told me… “if I could do it all over again,
I would do the same thing. I had so much fun teaching the violin
Hats off to Eunice Pitmon – FMAYS Founder!
Students needing scholarships for tuition or private lessons and
are willing to serve on the stage crew (Senior High) are asked
to contact the Executive Director : email@example.com
Moorhead Symphony Concerts!
Each Youth Symphony member will receive a voucher good for 5 performances
of any concert of the season for the Fargo Moorhead Symphony.
Thank you FM Symphony!! Here are the dates:
September 26 or 27, 2015: Music On Fire
November 14 & 15, 2015: From The New World
January 23 or 24, 2016: Romeo & Juliet
March 12 or 13, 2016: Teacher & Student
(featuring a side-by-side with the Senior High Symphony Orchestra
April 16 or 17, 2016: Carmina Burana
FMAYS students, families, Board members and interested friends:
Welcome to the New FMAYS Board Members! When you meet Oscar Flores
or Tiana Grisé, be sure to thank them for being willing
to work on our Board of Directors. The Board meets at least once
a month during the school term to work on schedules, policies,
finances and activities of the orchestras. We really appreciate
all the volunteers who do this work and welcome back our current
members who generously take time to manage the organization! Also,
thank you to the student members- returning member- Katie Knudsvig
and new member- Berea Mohr - who are VERY busy, but take time
to help us stay focused on doing the best we can for all the students
My summer has been quite eventful and I usually don’t go
into detail about where my energies have gone, but would like
everyone to celebrate with me on my recent marriage to Fred Heller!!
He’s been with me at concerts so you may have met him already,
if not, please introduce yourself.
The BIGGEST FMAYS news is our upcoming ‘Celebration Concert’
on April 24, 2016 when we will remember the past 45 years of Great
Music & Great Kids! and thank our four founders: Jack Harris
(in memoriam), Bruce Houglum, Dewey Possehl and Eunice Pitmon.
These Moorhead music teachers nurtured the first orchestra and
created the basis for our success. Each year’s newsletter
will feature one of them--read about Eunice Pitmon in today’s
The Noren Ellingson Memorial Fund
This fund was established in memory of Noren Ellingson after his
death in an industrial accident in August of 2011. His three children
and three nieces have played in the Youth Symphonies. Noren was
an active volunteer for FMAYS as well as a faithful attendee to
all of his families’ concerts.
The Fund is being used to purchase music for FMAYS. If you would
be interested in contributing to this ongoing project, please
send in your check to FMAYS, PO Box 2691, Fargo ND 58108 and indicate
Thank you for your consideration!
There have been some comments about a few people using iPads, smartphones
or iPhones during our performances to photograph or otherwise record
the concert. The other audience members around those users are being
distracted by this and not in a good way.
please refrain from using your equipment during the concert! Be
a thoughtful audience member and don’t take away from the
performance. Also, if you MUST leave and/or return to the concert,
do so during the applause. Thank you!