WVSO Press Releases

Music of the Night - April 1, 2013

WVSO Tour Fayette County - March 11, 2013

WVSO Tour Braxton County - March 11, 2013

Cirque de la Symphonie - March 6, 2013

Maestro Cooper Capital E National Arts Festival - March 5, 2013

Season Announcement Media Alert - February 20, 2013

Bruckner 8 - February 20, 2013

Montclaire Kruetzer Sonata - February 20, 2013

And the Winner Is ... - January 29, 2013

Mozart: Requiem - January 22, 2013

Montclaire With Love, MSQ - January 4, 2013

Mozart: Requiem - January 4, 2013

Home for the Holidays December 7-8

The Nutcracker - December 14-15

Michael Ludwig Master Class

Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony November 9-10

Little Red Riding Hood October 14

Respighi: Fountains of Rome October 19-20

WVSO GALA 2012 - Bloom Where Youre Planted

WVSO Fall Tour 2012


Montclaire String Quartet - Miniatures

July 3rd Celebration at Schoenbaum Stage

Pianist Katie Mahan - May 4 & 5 2012

One Vision - The Music of Queen - April 13 & 14

WVSO Announces 2012-2013 Season - Music All Around

New World Symphony - March 2 & 3

Symphony Idol 2012 Finalists Announced

WVSO Welcomes Composer Joseph Schwantner

Symphony of Ideas is Relaunched

Roman Festivals with Percussionist Lisa Pegher - January 27 & 28

Vaughan Fellowship Winners

Montclaire String Quartet -New Location - 1-8-12.pdf

The Nurcracker - December 16 and 17.pdf

December 9-10 Home for the Holiday

Rumpelstiltzkin Straw Into Gold - November 15-16.pdf

Vaughan Fellowship Application Due November 15

Rach 3 with Pianist Jon Kimura Parker - November 11&12

The Haunted Orchestra with Dan Kamin 10-22-11

WVSO Annual Gala - October 15 2011

Beethovens Fifth and Cellist Julie Albers - October 21 22.pdf

WVSO Announces fall tour 2012

italian pianist with local ties performs with the wvso - september 16 17

wvso special labor day concert - september 4, 2011

Symphony Sunday 2011 - A Thousand and One Notes

Montclaire String Quartet - May 29, 2011

WVSO Announces 2011-2012 Season

From Broadway to Broad Street - May 6 & 7, 2011

Song of the Earth - April 15 & 16, 2011

The Music of ABBA - March 18 & 19, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ball Game - March 19, 2011

Classic Expressions - March 4 & 5, 2011

Piano Pops! - February 11 & 12, 2011

BLAST OFF! with the WVSO - February 12, 2011

Montclaire String Quartet - February 6, 2011

A Touch of Tchaikovsky - January 28 & 29, 2011

The Nutcracker - December 17 & 18, 2010

Home for the Holidays - December 10 & 11, 2010

An Appalachian Autumn - November 12 & 13, 2010

Montclaire String Quartet - November 7, 2010

Valentina Returns! - October 15 & 16, 2010

Montclaire String Quartet - October 3, 2010

Opening Night Celebration! - September 10 & 11, 2010



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.

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