with guest soloist, Steven Stull, baritone

DEC 3 at 7:30 pm | Lewisburg, WV – Carnegie Hall
DEC 4 at 7:30 pm | Morgantown, WV – Creative Arts Center
DEC 5 at 8 p.m | Charleston, WV – Clay Center
DEC 6 at 3 pm | Parkersburg, WV – Blennerhassett School

What’s the holiday season without Maestro Grant Cooper and his elf boots in Home for the Holidays?! The kick off to the ZMM Architects and Engineers Pops season begins with the WVSO’s annual holiday concert that’s always a family favorite.

This year’s performance includes a special emphasis on West Virginia talent and a guest soloist who will have appeared with the WVSO 70 times by the end of the Home for the Holidays tour! West Virginian composer, Matthew Jackfert will have beautiful arrangements of the classics, “We Three Kings of Orient Are” and “O Holy Night”. Steven Stull is no stranger to the WVSO, and will replace Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith who will be unable to perform due to illness.

“Our Home for the Holidays” is, indeed, one of our most special concerts of the year!  Not only do we honor a variety of holiday traditions, but we do so with music written in most cases specifically for our performers; our friends and neighbors who share the stage with us. It is truly “home” for the holidays.  Several area choruses and the Appalachian Children’s Chorus will also be featured. West Virginia composer Matt Jackfert gave us a stunning arrangement of “O Holy Night” last year and he has promised us another orchestral showcase to première on this December’s program. This is a concert the whole family can enjoy – and celebration of the season and our community!”, said Maestro Grant Cooper.

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For media and press inquiries:
Shiva Shafii
Guest Artist and eMarketing Manager
sshafii@wvsymphony.org | 304.957.9881

WVSO Announces Morgantown Series

in collaboration with the
WVU College of Creative Arts and School of Music

Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre – 7:30 pm
WVU Creative Arts Center
Ticket prices: $27.50 and $45.00
$10 off with WV Driver’s License
WVU A&E Box Office

 The WVSO will be expanding its state-­‐‑wide reach with a new home in Morgantown in the 2015-­2016 season. A three-­concert series will take place in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre, in addition to a free to the public lecture series with Maestro Grant Cooper and a guest scholar for each of the symphonic concerts. Where Music Meets the Humanities lecture will delve deeper into the history, theory, and philosophy of the music being performed by the WVSO.

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For media and press inquiries:
Shiva Shafii
Guest Artist and eMarketing Manager
sshafii@wvsymphony.org | 304.957.9881

Announcing the position of:
Music Director, WVSO

The Music Director reports directly to the Executive Committee of the Board and is responsible for the fulfillment of the orchestra’s artistic product and its image in the community. In collaboration with the board and staff, s/he is responsible for the repertoire, programming, and artistic production, and has primary authority for the selection, development, and replacement of musicians, in accordance with the musicians’ union contract and the fiscal parameters as set forth by the Board. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, s/he must build and sustain the orchestra’s visibility in the community. The Music Director is expected to work closely with the President, Board Chair, Board committees, and staff in carrying out these responsibilities and to participate actively in the orchestra’s fundraising activities.

Candidates must possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant professional conducting experience, including work with professional musicians and knowledge of a broad range of repertoire. Ideal candidates will also demonstrate strong interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills; enthusiasm for and experience with music education and community engagement; vision, passion, and ability to make symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences. Candidates should be prepared to commit to engaging with the West Virginia community.

This position will commence with the 2017-2018 season. As part of the search process, WVSO plans to invite candidates as guest conductors for the 2016-2017 season.

The application must include a personal letter of interest and statement of artistic vision, a CV (including a current repertoire list and names and contact information for three references), and links to video recordings (which may include at least one rehearsal) if possible. Please do not include materials that are not specifically requested.

Email all application materials to: JTackett@wvsymphony.org. All applications will be accepted in the strictest of confidence. Deadline for all materials is December 31, 2015.