Winter Semester Registration Open

Registration Deadline for Winter 2019 Session is January 12

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 $250 covers 10 coachings, a recital, sheet music, and rehearsal time. Please contact us for further information.

Winter/Spring Semester 2019

Registration Deadline: 1/12/19
1st coaching/meeting: TBA
Recital: TBA

Audition for FCMI

Submit an audio recording of your playing from our selection of sheet music.

Join a Chamber Music Group!

  • Held downtown at the Wm Mason II Violin Shop
  • Flexible rehearsal day
  • Tuition is $250
  • 10 1-hour coachings
  • 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

FCMI Instructor

James Forry

James Forry is the current orchestra director of Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania County Schools. He grew up in York, Pennsylvania and started the cello at age eight. He has studied cello extensively with David Diehl and also at West Virginia University with William Skidmore. James graduated from West Virginia University Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Music Education. He has previously taught in Stafford County for five years directing both Mountain View High School and A.G. Wright Middle School. James has also taught at Randolph-Macon College as their adjunct cello professor from 2007-2011, and has just finished teaching at the University of Mary Washington as their adjunct professor of cello after teaching there for 7 years. James has been teaching at the collegiate level since 2007, and at the public school level since 2006.

James is a current Fredericksburg, Virginia resident and remains actively involved with performing arts at all levels. James performs with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra serving as Principal Cellist in Warrenton, VA, and is a core member of the Atoka String Quartet. In addition to the aforementioned details, James also does various freelancing around the Fredericksburg, Warrenton, and Northern VA areas including quartets, pit orchestras, weddings, clinics, and private instruction. He is married to his wonderful wife Shannon whom he met in college and have a family of three children, Brooke, Luke, and Claire.