Fort Wayne Terrible Orchestra

Offered by Community Connections
10 weeks beginning September 13 to November 15
Monday nights, 7-9 p.m. $65.00
Debra Graham, Founder and Director, violist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Adj. Professor Indiana Wesleyan strings

Please bring your own stand.  Music provided.  COVID-19 protocols in place with masks required and distancing of stands.

About Fort Wayne Terrible Orchestra

Founded in 2018, the group was modeled after the Scottish Really Terrible Orchestra, a group of adults who had some training in instruments but just wanted to play together as an orchestra for fun.  The group took off in popularity and many other “terrible groups” were formed all over the world for those who wanted to play their instrument again with others. 

Our aim:  to give as close to an orchestra experience as possible, to make friends, to grow, to enjoy playing, to have a concert experience.  The benefits to playing in a group are too many to count! We love how music creates community.

You are encouraged to find that instrument you played in high school or middle and play again with us. If you need help finding an instrument again, there are several stores in town that will rent.  The best experience is if you have at least 2-3 years on your instrument.

We meet Monday nights at 7 for 10 week sessions.  Our latest session starts September 13 and runs until November 15, when we will have a concert!

About Debra Graham, Founder and Director

Debra Graham founded the Terrible Orchestra in Fort Wayne to provide a special group for those who perhaps did not have extensive training or were very rusty in their skills.  She graduated from Wheaton College and Indiana University in performance, has been a full time member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for over 30 years and has taught all ages longer than that!  She loves gardening and sewing in addition to music and also has a working string group, Graham Quartets, that does weddings and events.  She is married to Bruce, also a violist with the Philharmonic.