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WVSO offers music fellowship to students

November 30, 2018

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra invites high school instrumental music students to apply for the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship, a monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students.

Jan. 3 is the deadline to apply for this program that focuses on developing and encouraging West Virginia students interested in pursuing careers as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors.

Selected fellows will sit alongside WVSO musicians in rehearsals for the second half of the Elliot Foundation Symphonic and City National Bank Casual Classics concert series and will conduct personal research about the music being performed. Fellows also will meet and interact with guest artists, guest conductors and Music Director Lawrence Loh. Other fellowship activities are tailored to the winning candidates based on their interests and ability. The program takes place primarily outside school hours.

“We were inspired by our own musical experiences in West Virginia schools,” said Amy Vaughan. “We wish to give back by encouraging students of today to expand their orchestral music horizons. The WVSO graciously offers us that opportunity by providing the student a unique view of a professional orchestra.”

Candidates should be serious instrumental music students in grades 9-12. Applications will be accepted for students playing the following instruments: harp, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, pitched and unpitched percussion, and piano.

From the application round, finalists will be invited to the Jan. 11 two-part interview/audition round. Students are encouraged to perform one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire for solo instrument and orchestra. Pianists are encouraged to perform a sonata movement from the standard piano repertoire.

Applications are available at wvsymphony.org/Education/Vaughan Fellowship.

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