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Deadline Approaches for West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Fellowship Opportunity

Applications for 2008-09 Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship due November 13, 2008


CHARLESTON WV West Virginia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply by the November 13, 2008 deadline for the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship, a prestigious program that has nurtured the development of young musicians since its inception in 2003.

The program focus is to develop and encourage WV high school students in pursuing a career as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors of the future. This monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students remains a unique program among orchestras throughout North America and last year attracted applicants from five WV counties.

As a capstone to their fellowship experience, selected fellows have an opportunity to perform as soloists with the WVSO. In addition, fellows sit alongside WVSO musicians in rehearsals for the second half of the symphonic concert season and for the opera and conduct personal research about the music being performed. Fellows meet and interact with the guest artists and with Maestro Cooper. The program takes place primarily outside of school hours.

Candidates should be serious instrumental music students who play a primary instrument that is part of a modern symphony orchestra including harp, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, pitched and unpitched percussion. A small number of finalists are invited to advance from the application round to the two-part interview/audition round in December. Music performed for the audition portion should be one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire for orchestra.

For further information or to apply online, visit Applications were mailed in September to all high school music teachers in public and private schools statewide.