The ÂME, Amateur Music Ensemble, was formed at the School of Music of Fiesole with the intention of bringing together the enthusiastic attendees of the amateur course who, although busy with other business activities, wish to dedicate their free time to music.
The members of the Orchestra dei Ragazzi are students of the Pre-Academic Courses (strings, winds, percussion, keyboards) aged between 11 and 20. Participation in the course is subject to the student’s instrumental skill level and requires compulsory attendance until the third year of the advanced level, during which students will be engaged for only two productions.
The Camerata Strumentale Fiesolana is a string ensemble dedicated to the performance practice of baroque music, which can be joined by students with an adequate level of instrumental preparation, at the discretion of the Conductor.
The choir was established in 1987 by Piero Farulli, founder of the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole. The choir is composed of about 50 adult singers and focuses mainly on oratorio repertoire. The choir is taught and trained by a team of professors, led by Fabio Lombardo. Over the years the choir has been conducted by S. Accardo, R. Alessandrini, M. Ceccanti, A. Curtis, A. Fedi, L. Fico, V. Globokar, F. Lombardo, N. Paszkowski, A. Pinzauti and F.M. Sardelli.
Born in 2008 to welcome young violinists and cellists enrolled in their second year of instrumental studies at the School. From 2015 pianists have entered into the formation, thanks to the project “Young Pianists in Orchestra”, conducted by Pianist Katja Todorow. Recently the Harp has also been added to the ensemble.
Aimed generally toward adolescents between 11 and 15 years old, the Crescendo Molto ensemble is under the direction of Martina Chiarugi. Students may enter the ensemble after having attended the Crescendo Orchestra for one or two years, directed by Marco Scicli, but external students who have taken up instrumental studies recently may also be welcomed into the ensemble. Through collective lessons, everyone in the ensemble has the opportunity to gain maturity with experience, grow and study classical repertoire with a gradually incrementing level of technical difficulty.
After having participated in the Piccolissimi Musici Orchestra, the children are admitted to the Crescendo Orchestra, for which basic prerequisites are asked including mastery of the first position, knowledge of one-octave scales and a familiarity with basic rhythms. The goal of the course is to develop the instrumental attitudes through the practice of Ensemble Music.