Education

Education and Outreach

Here is an overview of our programs - please use the links to the left to read more.

Artist Master Classes
It's a private lesson, with an audience. All ages are encouraged to participate as performers and as observers.  The public is invited to attend.

A registration form is required for those interested in performing!  Forms will be posted as class opportunities are announced.

    Concert Previews   "Preludes"
    Maestro Cooper presents information-filled previews of each symphonic subscription concert from the stage, starting usually an hour before the concert that evening. Our guest artists frequently join him during the preview to discuss important topics relating to the repertoire for that evening.  Prelude start time is 7:00 p.m. before Symphonic Series Concerts.

    Culture 101
    Area colleges and universities have traditionally purchased the rights for their students and faculty to attend WVSO symphonic series on a complimentary basis. Seating is not guaranteed and is honored on a first come first served basis for both Friday and Saturday night concerts.

    Please check with your local college/university to see if they offer this program.   Currently, West Virginia State University, University of Charleston, and WVU-Tech all make concert attendance part of their student activities offerings.

    Open Rehearsals for Annual Funds Donors
    As a special benefit of their annual fund donation to the Symphony, donors at a specific level are treated to a number of Open Rehearsals in which attendees get an inside view of how a concert is put together. Participants also may have the opportunity to take part in informal briefings and question and answer sessions with Maestro Cooper.

    Extra-Curricular Programs at the WVSO

    Student Musician Card Program

    The WVSO offers all Kanawha County Schools String Program students and all West Virginia Youth Syomphony, Tri-State Youth Symphony, Teays Valley Strings, Boone County Strings and New River Youth Symphony members a “Student Musician Card,” which allows each student free admission to Symphonic, Family Discovery and Montclaire String Quartet subscription concerts, based upon availability. Students may obtain a student string card from their string or orchestra instructor or may contact the WVSO Education Department directly. Each student will then be issued a free ticket at the Box Office the night of the performance (based upon availability) to present to the usher for entry into the concert hall.

    West Virginia Youth Symphony

    The West Virginia Youth Symphony is an independent organization that offers students in elementary school through their freshman year in college an opportunity to receive quality music instruction and ensemble performance experience. Students audition for placement in one of three ensembles: Cadet Strings (beginning level students), Youth Strings (intermediate level students) or Youth Orchestra (a full orchestra open to string, brass and woodwind students). The WVYS also sponsors a Wind Ensemble comprised of the Youth Orchestra's brass and woodwind sections and a chamber program open to all participating students.

    Parents, teachers and students interested in receiving additional information should contact the Youth Symphony General Manager at (304) 561-3542.