National Symphony Orchestra Seeks West Virginia Youth Auditions

Alliance for Arts Education Provides Scholarship for Month in DC

 As the West Virginia affiliate of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, The Appalachian Education Initiative  (AEI) is working to make sure that at least one student from West Virginia will be able to attend the Kennedy Center/National Symphony Orchestra's (NSO) Summer Music Institute (SMI) in 2009.  The Summer Music Institute is an annual 4-week residency with the National Symphony Orchestra and is open to serious music students ages 15-20.   One student from most states will be selected to participate through an all-expenses paid scholarship.  No student from West Virginia has attended the Institute.  

 SMI will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC from June 29, 2009 July 27, 2009.  Participating students will receive private lessons and chamber music coaching by NSO members, attend master classes, seminars, rehearsals, and performances conducted by NSO members, and participate in various performances throughout the Washington, DC area. 

 AEI is accepting applications and audition materials through January 20, 2009.  A panel of 5 music professionals from West Virginia will convene to determine 5 student finalists whom AEI will submit to the National Symphony Orchestra for final consideration.   Students who play the following instruments are being sought:  violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and harp (not eligible: guitar, saxophone, percussion, and piano). 

 Applicants must submit an application with a letter of recommendation and audition materials (CD, DVD, audiocassette, videotape) with a prepared solo performance not to exceed 20 minutes in length, showing contrasting musical elements (fast/slow, dynamics, etc.)  Applications and audition tips can be accessed at:

 The mission of the Appalachian Education Initiative is to promote students' personal development, academic performance and 21st century workforce preparation by ensuring the availability of quality arts education in West Virginia public schools. 

 For questions regarding auditions and applications, please contact Melanie Skeen Gregory at (304) 225-0101 or by email: