Participants will rehearse in preparation for a concert on Sunday, January 14 at 3 pm.



A great wealth of music exists for mandolin-guitar ensembles. Since most of it has been forgotten or out of the public eye for generations, it's an exciting time to be a mandolinist! FMCM provides an opportunity to explore mandolin ensemble music, from baroque to romantic and contemporary works.



FMCM is open to anyone who plays mandolin, mandola, or guitar, and reads standard notation. Music will be available for advance preparation. Guitar parts will be written in standard classical guitar format, although pick-style guitar may substitute for mandola. A violin teacher is always on staff, so violinists who wish to try mandolin are welcome.



Participants will divide their time between ensemble rehearsals, workshops, and informal chamber music sessions. A variety of workshops will be available, addressing technique, repertoire, and theory.



The workshop will culminate in a public concert on Sunday at 3 pm. August Watters will perform with the New England Mandolin Ensemble, special guests and Festival participants. Together we'll put together a wide-ranging concert, illustrating the many sounds of the concert mandolin. Tickets for the concert may be purchased HERE.



August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/ arranger, and teacher in the Boston area. As a composer, performer, teacher and conductor, he is actively engaged in today’s revival of this most elegant instrument, and the advancement of its musical traditions. His work as an interpreter, improviser, composer and arranger bridges contemporary classical music, jazz, folk music traditions, and the historical concert mandolin repertoire. 

For more visit August Watters' website.



Participants may arrive and register after 4 pm on Thursday. The program begins with dinner at 6 pm Thursday night and ends with the concert Sunday afternoon.



Registration costs are now all up front in one "ticket" price. Costs include tuition for the three-day workshop (Thursday night through Sunday afternoon), meals (for three days) and accommodations options (single or shared rooms for three nights) or commuter. If you are a commuter and not taking meals, choose the CommNoMeals option. You save 20% or $36 on tuition with Early Bird registration which will be applied automatically to your costs if you register by January 4th.

COSTS in addition to Regular Tuition of $180
(Early Bird $30 discount will be applied automatically before Jan 4):
Commuter + Meals: $180
(three days lunches and dinners and day use fee)
Commuter No Meals: $30
(day use fee for three days)
Shared Room + Meals: $350
(three nights accommodation and three days meals)
Single Room + Meals: $420 
(three nights accommodation and three days meals)



The Retreat House accommodations are comfortable but basic and therefore relatively inexpensive. Breakfast is self serve with the breakfast foods available in the kitchen. Lunches and dinners are catered buffet style. 

If you wish to stay at a local Bed and Breakfast, please choose the commuter option. You would then have breakfast at the B&B and lunches and dinners at Immanuel Retreat Center. We have negotiated special prices at a local B&B:  The Harvest Barn Inn ($10 off going rate per night). Ask for the Stone Church Arts rate.