Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra

“Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra”

Founded in 2019, Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra brings together beginner to expert level musicians from around upstate New York and northern Pennsylvania. Our members play a wide range of instruments beyond the fiddle. These include the banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, cello, penny whistle, and other traditional instruments. All are welcome!

Inspired by The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra and The Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts, FLFO was created to provide a supportive environment where musicians of all skill levels interested in exploring fiddle music can develop and practice their skills. Under the guidance of our Musical Director, Tim Ball, we learn, arrange, and rehearse fiddle tunes from a variety of American and Celtic styles.


The Start-Up Committee | With the dreams of uniting local musicians and spreading beautiful fiddle-inspired music throughout the community, this group made Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra possible! Pictured left to right: Timothy Ball, Michael Ludgate, David Christie, Anne Robbins, Joan Hudyncia | Not pictured: John Bunge, Claudia Griffin

Musical Director | Timothy Ball

Tim plays the fiddle, violin, guitar, and has more than ten years of experience in facilitating joyful fiddling for musicians of all ages! He’s conversant in a wide range of musical styles, and specializes in helping players of all abilities find satisfying ways to make music together.

Tim teaches regularly at the Ithaca Suzuki Institute and the Kanack School of Music fiddle camp, and maintains a private fiddle/violin studio in Ithaca, New York. As a performer, he tours throughout the northeast with his Celtic trio Arise & Go, contra dance bands Center Street and Tempest, and has played with Renaissance festival bands Empty Hats and Cantiga.

Session Dates

Spring Session:

Spring 2020:
February 6, 13, 20 and 27th
March 5, 12, 19, and 26th
April 2 and 9th
with a snow date of April 16th
Concluding Concert April 30th*

*The Spring Concert date is tentative and subject to change. Please contact us at for information on finalized dates.

All rehearsals will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at:

Lifelong Senior Center,  119 W Court St, Ithaca, NY 14850

Click here to sign up for the Spring Session today!

Interested in joining FLFO?

FLFO is run by volunteers! Membership costs are used for space rentals, instructor fees, and operations (like website maintenance, insurance, etc…)

Membership costs are $135 to $150 ( on a self determined sliding scale) per session. The full amount is due at the second rehearsal.  First rehearsal open to all at no charge!

Worried about membership costs but still wanting to join FLFO? Send us an email at and we can discuss scholarship options!

*No one will be turned away for inability to pay membership fees.

Get in touch!

Interested in joining Finger Lakes Fiddle Orchestra? Please fill out this form.

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