Fall Semester Registration Open

The enrollment deadline for the Fall 2019 Session is August 31.

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.

Fall Semester 2019

Registration Deadline: August 31, 2019
1st coaching/meeting: TBA
Recital: TBA

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 $250
  • 10 1-hour coachings
  • University level master class by Dr. Brooks Kuykendall on topics studied
  • 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

FCMI Instructors

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.

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 settlingscoresblog.net. For more of his activities, see jamesbrookskuykendall.com.

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