The Fenton Community Orchestra provides an enjoyable place where musicians of all ages learn and play music with teamwork and respect. We are creating wonderful music for our community to enjoy and having great fun in the process. Amateur or professional musicians, audience members, volunteers and financial supporters are all needed to support this worthy community program.
The Fenton Community Orchestra (FCO) was founded in August 2010 by three Fenton residents who wanted the opportunity to play in a mulit-generational orchestra. Rehearsals began September 11 with 25 musicians in attendance. Weekly Saturday morning rehearsals were held at Fenton United Methodist Church with a volunteer conductor.
In September 2011, FCO was able to hire a music director, Andrew Perkins, and moved rehearsals to Thursday evenings at the Fenton High School band room. A consistent rehearsal space, use of percussion equipment, music stands and a full-time conductor enabled FCO to see growth in weekly attendance and an increase in musical ability.
Thanks to generous grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, FCO was able to hire its first (part-time) Executive Director in February 2015. This position has enabled FCO to hold additional concerts and reach new musicians. Now in its sixth season, the FCO has grown to more than 80 members. FCO is a regional orchestra with members from Fenton, Byron, Hartland, Linden, Holly, Flint, Davison, Swartz Creek, Davisburg, Grand Blanc, Durand, Howell and Clarkston.
Since the beginning, more than 200 community members have played with the orchestra.
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