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.

    Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship

    Three Young Musicians Selected as Fellows

    Jacob Bumgarner, Pete Nichols, and Jonathan Shin have been selected as the Student Symphonic Fellows in the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Fellowship Program through the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO).  These students were selected following interviews and auditions on Saturday, December 7, in Charleston, WV.

         Bumgarner, junior at South Charleston High School, studies piano and is active in competitions through the WVMTNA.  Bumgarner plays piano for his church and local community events. He is also a member of the Black Eagle soccer team.

         Nichols, junior and percussionist at Capital High School, plays in the Cougar marching, jazz and concert bands, and the percussion ensemble, as well as in the WV Youth Symphony.

        Shin, violinist from Capital High School, is a sophomore who is active on several Cougar sports teams. He plays principal viola in the West Virginia Youth Symphony, and participates in musical festivals and competitions throughout WV.

        Donald Forman and Haleigh Frail have been selected as a student interns in the program. Forman is a junior in the George Washington High School band where he plays clarinet. Additionally, he plays bassoon for the WV Youth Symphony.  Frail, sophomore at Capital High School, plays both clarinet and violin at school and in the WV Youth Symphony.

      As part of their Student Symphonic program activities, students sit on stage alongside WVSO musicians in different sections of the orchestra during rehearsals and meet renowned guest artists during the second half of the symphonic subscription series.  They conduct personal research about the music being performed by the WVSO.

       Sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Amy Vaughan for twelve consecutive years, this program continues 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.