The Fairfax Loudoun Music Fellowship held its 30th Annual Winter Ensemble Festival Feb. 18, giving several hundred area students an opportunity to show off their musical talents.
The festival, held this year at John Champe High School in Aldie, featured movie themes, and musicians played more than two dozen selections from films including Titanic, The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. While the stage featuring pairs on six grand pianos was the focus, some students also played the saxophone, cello and flute during several performances.
The Piano Ensemble Festival is a concert presented annually by FLMF during winter which allows students to learn, rehearse and then showcase their talents with one or two partners. Each of the selections allow between 12 to 18 students to perform in duets or in trios in ensemble fashion on six grand pianos provided by The Piano Company of Leesburg. This year’s concert had more than 200 participating students and 15 participating teachers.
The Fairfax Loudoun Music Fellowship is an association of music teachers that provides instruction and performance opportunities for area grade-school students interested in learning more about piano, orchestral and vocal performances.
The organization’s largest and most popular event, FLMF has conducted the Ensemble Festival since 1986. Teachers are responsible for teaching, conducting, rehearsing with the students as well as organizing the production itself.
The festival takes months of preparation, beginning with music selections made by a committee of teachers around nine months prior to the event. Teachers conduct sectional rehearsals two to three weeks prior to the concert at local music stores. On the day of the event, George Washington University music professor Frank Conlon conducts the concert and sectional rehearsals.