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You are invited to
‘The Spring Concert’
Of the
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

Abbie 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.

As 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, and cat-petting.

An 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 :

Program Cover Contest

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: and it should be musical in nature and measure no more than 7.5” x 4.5”.
Questions: call Beth 701-388-4536.

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:
March 21 or 22, 2015: Passion & Beauty
April 25 or 26, 2015: Resurrection

From 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 and students
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 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!

An Opportunity!

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 their own.

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!


For contact info, visit the fmays info page.