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‘Celebrating 45 Years of Great Music’

FOUNDERS’ FEATURE by Jane Linde Capistran

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 to students!”

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 :

Fargo 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 of FMAYS)
April 16 or 17, 2016: Carmina Burana

Dear 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 musicians.

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 front feature.

Beth Heller

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 this fund.

Thank you for your consideration!

Audience Etiquette:
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, 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!


For contact info, visit the fmays info page.