performance groups & Drop-in music programs

ukulelians

PERFORMANCE GROUP

TUESDAY 5:00-6:30pm

This group welcomes those who are feeling comfortable on the ukulele and enjoy singing along. Play for the fun of it and receive some instruction at a higher level. This group will prepare to perform at community concerts and special events. They meet Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. 

New members are welcome on an ongoing basis with the option to attend in-person or on Zoom.  

Directed by Avram McCagherty.

moodswing orchestra

PERFORMANCE GROUP

THURSDAY 7:30-9:00pm

A group of about 15 musicians who enjoy playing the music of the big  band era. This partnership-based program provides excellent opportunities for members with or without an illness to enjoy music together and learn to play with an orchestra. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Most sections are open (with a particular need for alto sax, tenor sax, trumpets, trombone, French horn, clarinet and a guitarist).  Directed by Ben Beaudet.

recovery rock band

PERFORMANCE GROUP

SUNDAY 2:00-4:00pm

This low-barrier rock band is for adults recovering from mental illness or addictions and for anyone who wants to play rock music in support of mental health. They rehearse from 2-4 pm on Sundays (except long weekends).  Directed by Steve Fissel.

moodswing chorus

PERFORMANCE GROUP

TUESDAY 7:00-9:00pm

This well-run, long-established group of mixed voices enjoys performing locally and attracts a wide variety of adult singers. They have a full-time keyboard accompanist, and their repertoire is taken from popular musical theatre, uplifting and folk styles. No previous experience is necessary, and all are welcome. Joe Hatherill and accompanist Jon Ziffle direct the group. Join this group of 8-15 singers for rehearsals on Tuesdays from 7-9 pm.

the haywires

PERFORMANCE GROUP

FRIDAY 1:00-3:00pm

The Haywires is a country-inspired group that likes to sing and swing! There are current openings for a violinist, drummer, pianist and mandoline. They rehearse Fridays from 1–3 pm.  Directed by Ben Beaudet.

minds at work

PERFORMANCE GROUP

3:00-5:00pm

A rhythm and blues band composed of 6 to 10 musicians. They rehearse weekly on Fridays from 3-5 pm and have openings in every section, including sax, vocals, trumpet, low brass, percussion., piano, guitar, trombone and second trumpet.  Directed by Ben Beaudet.

the eclectics

PERFORMANCE GROUP

THURSDAY 10:45am-12:15pm

A relaxed group of musicians who develop a varied repertoire that suits the tastes and skills of the various members.  As their name suggests, they are not defined by a particular genre.  They welcome singers and instrumentalists able to play in concert pitch, and off of a lead sheet.  This group currently incorporates accordion, guitar, percussion, c-alto sax, recorder and an unauditioned chorus.

They perform several public concerts during the year and rehearse Thursdays from 10:45am-12:00pm.  Directed by Avram McCagherty

the fundamentals

DROP-IN GROUP

WEDNESDAY 1:00-3:00

This group parties every Wednesday from 1-3 pm. Members socialize, develop musical skills, gain self-confidence and enhance their self-esteem in an informal environment. There is room for pianos (provided), bass (provided), drums (kit provided), guitars (provided), instrumental soloists and vocalists (all lead sheets in concert pitch). Directed by Nick La Riviere. Coffee and snacks are served at 2 pm.

jazz improv

DROP-IN GROUP

THURSDAY 1:00-2:00

An open jam on jazz standards from the Real Book, facilitated by Jon Ziffle. Open to players who know their instrument and are looking for a challenge or want to try improvisation. New members and drop-ins are welcome at any time. Feel free to stop by and try it out. Every Thursday from 1-2 pm.

let's groove! drum &
Percussion class

*NEW DROP-IN PROGRAM*

TUESDAY 1-3pm

Let’s Groove! This drum & percussion class will help you find your inner drummer. We will play various hand drums and percussion instruments and learn a few African and Latin rhythms. Playing together and listening to create a fun groove is an awesome way to tune the mind-body connection. No experience required! Drummers of all skill levels are welcome. 

Instruments provided.  Bring your own Djembe if you have one.

Directed by Lauri Lyster.

This program will run on Tuesday’s from 1-3pm, from Sept-Dec 2022.

drumming

*PROGRAM HAS CONCLUDED*

Thanks to the generous funding offered by CRD IDEA Grant, we were able to offer Drumming as pilot drop-in program, led by Glenn Patterson.  This program concluded at the end of April.  

We are incredibly grateful to have hosted our first ever drum-making experience at FOM thanks to Glenn, and are thankful for wonderful group of people that came together for this program.  


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