The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is…

VFO logoa community orchestra based in central Vermont, playing traditional and new fiddle and dance tunes from Scandinavia, the British Isles, Maritime Canada, Quebec, New England, Appalachia and beyond.  Open to musicians of all skill levels and most instruments, we play for the joy of this rich and diverse repertoire

In normal times the VFO plays two formal concerts each year in early winter and early spring but due to Covid-19 the spring 2020 concert had to be cancelled.

However, the Fall Session is continuing but will look quite different this year, We will be rehearsing weekly online in the Zoom format Wednesday nights from Sept. 16 to Nov. 18 (10 weeks) from 7 to 9 PM. You can connect by video or call into the rehearsals via phone (audio only). A new link will be sent out for each rehearsal.

VFO Director, Peter Macfarlane, will be teaching our weekly rehearsals.  In the first hour of the rehearsal, Peter will be teaching the new tunes for the week.  There will be a break every 15 minutes so participants can ask questions.  Then the second hour will be a review of the previous weeks’ tunes.

Susan Reid, VFO Assistant Director, will also be teaching a new by-ear tune each week.

The registration form for this session is on Google and the link is .

Tuition will be $50 for the Fall Session (total for the entire session). Payment should be made by check (payable to the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra). Please send it to

Vermont Fiddle Orchestra
P.O. Box 806
Montpelier VT 05601.

If you can pay more, it will be greatly appreciated and you will receive a donation letter for your 2020 taxes. If the fee is a hardship, please contact Nora, VFO President, at   to discuss your situation.  No one is ever turned away because they cannot afford the tuition.

You have until Sept. 24 to send in your registration form and tuition in order to receive the music and Zoom link for the weekly rehearsals.  The zoom meeting links will be free for the Sept. 16 and Sept. 23 rehearsals.  Only folks who have paid their tuition by Sept. 26 will continue to receive the weekly links to join the rehearsals.

If you have any questions, please send an email to or call Joanne (VFO Manager) at 802-229-4191.

When the pandemic subsides sufficiently we will resume public performances.

Here is a sample of some of the orchestra’s repertoire from a recent concert: