Florence City School's
The FCS String Orchestra is in its 15th year! Begun in 1999 under the direction of Mr. Sergio Espinosa, it was a “pull-out” program. Students were pulled out from other classes a few days a week to explore the world of stringed-instruments. It was a joint venture with the
Dr. Daniel Hornstein took the post as director of both UNA's and FCS's string programs in the fall of 2001. As students advanced in grades, they continued the expansion of the school's string program, with the eventual goal of building a high school orchestra.
In the fall of 2004, FCS decided to hire an instructor to teach exclusively in the schools and not “share” with UNA. Mr. Daniel Jamieson became the next director as a part time teacher exclusively with FCS. The program had not seen much growth during the previous years, due to the fact that it was a “pull-out” program. There were approximately 15-20 students involved total. Since 2004, some major changes have taken place in the structure of the program. The biggest, and most beneficial, is the addition of string orchestra as a regular, daily class for 9th graders beginning in the fall of 2004, 7th and 8th graders in the fall of 2005, and then for all students 6th grade and up beginning in the fall of 2006.
In the last few years, the orchestra has enjoyed hosting performing artists, including Montana Skies and Barrage. There have also been numerous concert opportunities, including performing at the 2010 Alabama Music Educators' Association In-Service Meeting. For the 2014-2015 school year, look for the orchestra to do some traveling, artist collaborations, and chamber recitals. Currently, there are approximately 150 students in the program.