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

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.

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: