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

Wednesday, June 2, 2021, Molly Backup, vice president of the VFO board sent this:

David [Kaynor, beloved former VFO Music Director] passed peacefully and comfortably surrounded by family and music June 1. He had been in the hospital for 2 weeks and had become too weak to communicate well. He was able to make the decision that it was time.
A group of us happened to play music on Donna’s porch on Tuesday and made this video for David of his Montague Processional. Such a beautiful tune, written by a cherished friend, cared for by a loving community.
David is already missed. We will honor and remember him by playing music together and continuing  the community he has nurtured.

Earlier, we produced this celebration of David’s life:

The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Celebrates David Kaynor. Our long-serving Music Director was forced by health concerns to resign after the 2019 season.  We produced this video celebration in his honor:

Due to the pandemic, the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 sessions continued online in the Zoom format under the direction of our new Music Director Peter Macfarlane.  We will resume in-person rehearsals and public performances this fall.

During each pandemic session, one tune was chosen to be recorded  with individual members contributing remotely and assembled into a complete performance by Peter Macfarlane:

OUR GUIDING STAR, a beautiful air composed by Robin Russell and Cynthia Thomas as a tribute to the orchestra’s former long-time Music Director, David Kaynor. Listen now:

and LAMENT FOR THE DEATH OF REVEREND ARCHIE BEATON, from Scotland, an air composed by John Mason in honor of the minister of Dundonald Parish Church, Ayrshire. A champion of Gaelic culture, he died suddenly while acting as president of An Comunn Gaidhealach at the Stirling Mod in 1971. Listen now.

For links to all the tunes taught in both sessions, click here.

Normally we have 2 sessions a year: September – December  and January – April.  In each session we have approximately 12 weekly rehearsals followed by a public performance.  In the summer we often play smaller gigs at farmer’s markets, fairs, and the like. Stay tuned to this website for news of our plans.

Fall 2021 Session:

Plans are advancing for the upcoming season.  With the uncertainty around Covid-19, they may change but at the moment (Sept 9) we plan to have a hybrid season of rehearsals in person at the Capital City Grange Hall in Montpelier (6612 Route 12) with a Zoom option for those who do not wish to participate in person.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  First rehearsal is Sept. 15, final rehearsal is Dec. 1.  We have the Winter Concert scheduled for Saturday, Dec 4 at 7:30 at the Barre Opera House with a rehearsal in the afternoon.  Save the Dates!

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

Thanks! to the following organizations for generous grants:

  • Vermont Mutual Insurance Group
  • City of Montpelier Community Fund Grant
  • Northfield Savings Bank

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