2020 Recruitment


We’re looking for 60 Sinfoniacs for Sinfonia 2020!



What’s a Sinfoniac?

A Fox Valley community member who’s willing to take a risk to learn a new musical instrument, be part of Fox Valley Sinfonia 2020, and help sustain the real Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra.


What’s the Fox Valley Sinfonia?

A random collection of about 60 Sinfoniacs who each take five lessons on a new instrument, rehearse four times as a full orchestra, and play a once-in-a-lifetime live concert on Saturday, March 21 at UWO Fox Cities’ Perry Hall under the direction of Maestro Craig Kellenberger.


What’s in it for me?

  • An invitation to the “instrument unveiling” party at Heid Music on Saturday, Nov 23, plus two free tickets to the FVSO concert that evening at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center.
  • Free lessons from a professional musician on a brand-new-to-you musical instrument.
  • The chance to “wow” family and friends (or make a fool of yourself in good fun . . . depending on your practice regimen).
  • A new entry for your resumé or LinkedIn profile.
  • A unique networking opportunity to work together and make new friends.
  • The chance to be “instrumental” in supporting the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra’s artistic and educational mission.


What’s in it for the Fox Valley Symphony?

  • Sharing the value of symphonic music with a new group of people.
  • Increasing awareness of the real FVSO so that we can reach a larger audience.
  • At least $50,000 (that’s our goal) to help fund the upcoming FVSO season and its youth orchestra program.


What’s expected of me?

  • Raise at least $350, either in pledges from friends or colleagues or as a personal contribution (we’ll provide fundraising tips to help you do that).
  • Take five lessons with your instrument group from a professional musician.
  • Be part of three full-ensemble rehearsals (March 1, 8, and 15) plus the dress rehearsal on March 20.
  • Encourage friends, neighbors, and even people you don’t know to fill Perry Hall on March 21.


Can I choose my instrument?

When you sign up, you can indicate your top choices for the instruments you’d like to play or any to which you may be absolutely opposed. To provide a good sound balance, the conductor will make the final decision based on your application. You’ll learn your instrument assignment and meet your instructor at the instrument unveiling party at Heid Music prior to the Fox Valley Symphony concert on Saturday, Nov. 23.


What are my options?

Here are your instrument options and our target number of players:

Strings Woodwinds Brass Percussion
Violin 1 — 8 Flute — 4 Horn — 4 Percussion — 5
Violin 2 — 6 Oboe — 4 Trumpet — 4
Viola — 6 Clarinet — 4 Trombone — 4
Cello — 8 Bassoon — 4 Tuba — 4
Bass — 4


How do I sign up?

Complete the form here and you’ll be signed up before you know it!

The sooner you sign up, the more likely it is that you’ll get your first-choice instrument.


Important dates

  • Oct 31 — Sinfonia roster complete
  • Nov 1 — Fundraising begins. Raise at least $100 prior to the instrument unveiling party (Nov. 23).
  • Nov 23 — Instrument unveiling party at Heid Music prior to the Fox Valley Symphony’s season concert #2 (each Sinfoniac gets two free concert tickets).
  • December — Initial meeting with your instrument group and instructor
  • January/February — At least five lessons with your group instructor. Some instructors may even offer more!
  • March 1, 8 and 15 — Three evening, full-orchestra rehearsals.
  • Friday, March 20 — Sinfonia dress rehearsal at Perry Hall.
  • Saturday, March 21 at Perry Hall, UWO Fox Cities — Sinfonia 2020: Sinfonia Changes the Channel.



Our thanks to these sponsors who have already committed to supporting Sinfonia 2020 and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra:

Additional sponsorship opportunities available, contact sinfonia@foxvalleysymphony.com for more information.

The Venue.

March 21, 2020 | James W. Perry Hall at UWO Fox Cities | Menasha, WI 54952

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