Preludes

Preludes

sponsored in part by Clayman & Associates, PLLC

 

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 Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series Concerts.

Preludes occur at 7:00 p.m. prior to Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series Concerts.

 

Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship 2014-2015

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this musical fellowship is to develop and encourage  West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12) who actively study music to explore professional careers related to a music discipline. This is an extensive, monitored, and time-intensive training program structured to take place primarily outside school hours.  

In an effort to open the program to as many student musicians as possible, we invite applications from instruments outside the standard orchestral complement including piano and saxophone.  Each fellowship will be individually designed to further develop an individual’s potential as a musician.

There are many benefits to participating in the fellowship:

  • Experience  direct interaction both onstage and backstage with musicians of the WVSO from different vantage points during rehearsals to ascertain how each different concert is prepared for performance
  • Experience interaction with nationally and internationally-renowned soloists, musicians, and performers
  • Meet and interact with Maestro Grant Cooper, Artistic Director and Conductor of the WVSO
  • Receive free tickets to WVSO concerts for both yourself and a guest
  • Serve on occasion as an ambassador for the Symphony to the press and to the community

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12).
Instruments: In order to submit a competitive application, each candidate must be a serious instrumental music student who plays a primary instrument that is part of a modern symphony orchestra including:

Strings (harp, violin, viola, cello, bass)
Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone)
Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba)
Percussion (pitched and unpitched percussion instruments, piano)

STANDARDS OF ACCEPTANCE: The  program has been adapted to include serious music students with talent and a strong desire for success as a future professional musician or educator. (Financial resources are available through this program for students whose economic situation or geographic location might otherwise preclude continuing serious music study.)

AUDITION/INTERVIEW FINALIST COMPETITION: A small number of finalists will be invited to advance from the application round to the two-part interview/audition finalist round on Saturday, December 6, 2014 (at the Clay Center-Walker Theater). Members of the selection committee will conduct an interview session with each candidate to further gauge commitment to music and this overall program. The finalists will be asked a broad range of questions that will explore each candidate’s goals, interests, and aptitude. Each candidate will audition on his primary instrument for the selection committee.  (Note: This date conflicts with SAT test date for December 6, 2014.  Please take note that program auditions and interviews take place in the morning.)

Music performed for the audition on instruments other than piano would ideally be one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire with orchestra, originally composed for your instrument. You must audition with piano accompaniment. You may choose to bring your own accompanist or perform with accompanist provided by the WVSO (at no charge to you) on the day of the audition. Students auditioning on piano should prepare a major solo movement from the standard sonata repertoire for your instrument.

OBLIGATION OF FELLOWS: The  fellowship requires a high level of focus and desire to further one’s music education and academic/professional goals. There is a significant time commitment required for this fellowship. Fellows will be expected to attend rehearsals for three symphonic concerts. Fellows are expected to do a significant level of research on orchestral repertoire, historic, and modern composers.  Most resources are available in local libraries, the Internet, and through school systems. Parts and study-scores for each rehearsal session are provided by the WVSO.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Complete  all parts of the application. If your local school does not have a copy of the application and instructions, you may download here.
If you have questions about the application, you may also contact the WVSO Education Department at (304) 561-3531 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For hand-delivered applications: The WVSO Education office is located at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV, One Clay Square, Charleston, WV. Completed applications may be dropped off at the ticket desk in the main lobby until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014.
All applications must be received at the education office by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014.
(this is not a postmark deadline)

Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship
Attn: Betty King    West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 2292      Charleston, WV 25328