Instrumental Music (Grades 4-12)

Instrumental Music News: The Chamber Orchestra performed at the Senior Center on March 30th where they were very well received.  If you would like to see the performance please click on the picture below on the right.

The FRCS instrumental music program is open to all students following the third grade.  Any student regardless of grade may audition for a position in the orchestra after they have img_1286learned how to play a scale on their chosen orchestral instrument. Sign Up Form   Auditions are set for September and January, or upon entering the school.  It is highly recommended that each student begin taking private or group lessons prior to starting and continue at a minimum until the full musical compliment of their instrument’s range has been learned.

Summer Group Lessons are offered to students after the third grade for a fee for who those would like to begin learning their instrument at the school. Dedicated instrumental students at the intermediate level and above attend the Great East Music Festival/competition in the spring.  Students who are a part of the Advanced Symphony Orchestra and/or the Chamber Orchestra will be invited to participate in the Great East competition.

Studies have shown that music education improves brain development! Learn more about the benefits of Music Education: Music-Matters-slide-show

Survey Monkey: Instrumental Music Lessons at FRCSSenior Center

For further information please contact Mr. Michael Grandel at:






Rehearsal Days & Times

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30-7:57 am Chamber Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Chamber Orchestra
2:45-3:30 pm FRCS Symphony Orchestra FRCS Symphony Orchestra FRCS Symphony Orchestra
3:35-4:30 pm Beginner Symphony Beginner Symphony Beginner Symphony

Upcoming Events: (note: students are expected to arrive no later than 20 minutes from the start of any concert event)

Spring Dress Rehearsal Monday, May  15, 2017 2:45-4:30 pm
Celebrate Arts Night  Concert Tuesday, May 16, 2017 6:45-8:00 pm

Arrive at Door E 6:20 pm

Senior Center Concert (Chamber Orchestra) March, 30, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Great East Music Festival/Six Flags Field Trip* Friday, May 26, 2017 7:15 am-8 pm

Great East /Six Flags Field Trip

*Great East/Six Flags Field Trip Total Fee (was $84 for students 2016). Initial non refundable Deposit of $50 is DUE on Thursday March 2, 2017, with final payment to be $25 to be DUE on Monday April 10, 2017. ($15 if your child already bought a T-shirt)  Great East, Six Flags Field Trip Permission & Medical Release Forms 2017

~~Instrumental competition is for members of the FRCS Orchestra/Band and/or Chamber Ensemble only.~~

Boston Symphony Orchestra Field Trip- TBD:  Chamber Orchestra Only

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Andris Nelsons, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 6

Visit for more information – Cost: Tickets $10 + Public Transit Cost , students should bring $1 round trip to Mansfield Station $15 for the round trip on the commuter train and $20 for lunch. ($36 cash)
The train schedule for the commuter rail will run tight for dismissal.  We are asking families to make alternative arrangements for afternoon transportation if needed.  We will phone ahead when we arrive at Mansfield Station @ 2:20 pm to see if it will be possible to hold the buses.  If not students are welcome to attend the afternoon Orchestra rehearsals to assist until 4:30 pm.

Orchestra Forms: