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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:
ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12).
Strings (harp, violin, viola, cello, bass)
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:
Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship
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