Fredericksburg Chamber Music Initiative

FCMI is giving students the chance to rehearse, collaborate, and perform in a chamber group, tailored to their the level of playing. Students will be coached for 10 weeks and culminating in a recital at the end of the semester. Students will also be given the chance to become part of the larger music community by performing in local venues and businesses. All rehearsals and recitals are held at the Wm Mason II Violin Shop in downtown Fredericksburg, VA.

What is FCMI?

Fredericksburg Chamber Music Initiative, abbreviated as FCMI, is an exciting and challenging program for advancing strings students to learn to play in a smaller ensemble group. Each group of students will meet weekly for a 1 hour coaching session over a 10-week semester. Throughout the semester, the group will make many challenging musical decisions and become more mature and confident musicians. At the end of 10 weeks the musicians will come together for a recital to showcase their new skills.


Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties have so many young talented musicians. The purpose of FCMI is to further enable serious students to distinguish themselves as they prepare for their musical careers. We create strong leaders through small, student led ensembles. Thus, preparing a younger, stronger classical strings community to engage and create a powerful artistic presence.

Dates, Times, & Tuition

Meeting times will be decided as the groups are formed. Please keep us informed to what week nights are preferred. The tuition of $275 covers 10 coachings, a recital, sheet music, and rehearsal time. Please contact us for further information.

Winter/Spring Semester 2021

Registration Deadline: January 17, 2022
Semester starts January 24, 2022
Recital: April 2, 2022

Audition for FCMI

Your application to enroll with in FCMI requires a digital audition recording.
Learn more about how to audition and download the audition music sheet.

Join a Chamber Music Group!

  • Held downtown at the Wm Mason II Violin Shop
  • Flexible rehearsal day
  • Tuition is $275
  • 10 1-hour coachings
  • Public performance decided by group
  • End of Semester Recital
  • Fall and Spring
  • Join a new group or form your own
  • Develop Leadership and Problem Solving Skills
  • Recital with family, friends, and food!
  • Community Involvement
  • Real Life Performance Experience
  • University level master class by Dr. Brooks Kuykendall on topics studied (time permitting)
  • Public performance decided by group (time permitting)

FCMI Instructors

Brooks Kuykendall

M.A., Ph.D. Cornell University

Brooks Kuykendall (musicology) teaches FSEM, music history, and general education music courses, and serves as department chair at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His favorite aspect of teaching is the opportunity to involve students in the long conversation about music, and to get them thinking beyond the lyrics to the music. As a musician he is an organist and a horn player, but is more likely to be sitting in the audience than on stage. Brooks blogs about musical textual issues at For more of his activities, see

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