are invited to ‘The Spring Concert’
Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies
The Winner of the 2015 FMAYS Concerto Competition
Abbie Clapp, Violin
April 19, 2015 ~ 4:00 PM ~ Festival Concert Hall NDSU
2015 Winner of the FMAYS Concerto Competition
Clapp is a Junior at Moorhead High School and has been sawing away
at the violin for 13 years. She has studied with many instructors,
including Vali Phillips, previously a member of the Minnesota Orchestra.
When living in the Twin Cities, she was a member of the Minnesota
Youth Symphonies (MYS) for three years, and since moving to Moorhead
four years ago has played in the FM Area Youth Symphonies, as well
as being in the Allegro Chamber Players throughout high school.
an 8th and 9th grader, she participated in the Minnesota Middle
Level Honors Orchestra, serving as concertmaster the 2nd year. She
has been a member of the Minnesota All-State Orchestra as a Sophomore
and Junior, and hopes to be for a third year. She also participated
in the MSHSL State-Section Music Contest last year, earning Superior
ratings for both an Ensemble and Solo piece. Aside from instrumental
music, she enjoys musical theater and is a member of the MHS Speech
Team. Interests include singing, acting, reading, eating, thrifting,
Afternoon of Chamber Music
The Allegro Chamber Players, members of the Senior High FM Area Youth
Symphonies, will perform a concert on Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm at
the Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead. The students, from the many area
high schools, will perform in small ensembles featuring works of Vivaldi,
Mozart, Beethoven and others. Their works feature string, woodwind,
and brass performers from the symphony. The entire ensemble of strings
will also perform Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Sign up for Auditions!
Auditions for the Junior Concert Strings are
May 26 & 27 at MSUM from 4:15-6:15 pm.
Auditions for the Senior Symphony Orchestra are
May 11, 12 & 13 from 4:00-9:00 pm at Concordia College.
Invite your friends to audition too!
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Symphony Students:
Your artwork could become the cover of one of the programs for
the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies. Please submit your work
via email: email@example.com and it should be musical in nature
and measure no more than 7.5” x 4.5”.
Questions: call Beth 701-388-4536.
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:
March 21 or 22, 2015: Passion & Beauty
April 25 or 26, 2015: Resurrection
Your Executive Director
Dear parents, friends and students,
The season has flown by! Auditions are in May.! May 26 & 27
for the Junior High and May 11, 12 & 13 for the Senior High.
Invite your friends to audition so they can share the learning
experience and fun YOU’VE had! Junior High be sure to check
out the summer camps…there are a lot!
Thank you to our student Board of Directors members: Preeya Katti
and Katie Knudsvig. They have been the lifeline between the Board
Its inspiring to hear their ideas and see their enthusiasm.
Have a wonderful summer!
Beth Fortier, Executive Director
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!
Do you have any musical instruments in your home that no one plays
or that you’ve been thinking of selling or giving away? How
about donating them to FMAYS? We are collecting used instruments
for students who don’t have the resources to purchase or rent
Even if the instrument is in need of some tender loving care (a.k.a.
repair), we could fix it up and put it in the hands of a student
eager to practice!
So contact Beth at the office (701-388-4536) and we’ll arrange
to pick it up. Thank you!