Education

Young People’s Concerts

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Montclaire String Quartet in Schools

Our award-winning Montclaire String Quartet offers 60+ educational school performances per season.

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String Education

The WVSO and Kanawha County Schools are partners in the String Education Program, teaching strings in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Kanawha County.

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Student Symphonic Fellowship

The Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship was created for WV high school music students (grades 9-12) with music career aspirations

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Artist Master Classes



WVSO offers master classes—private lessons from music professionals with an audience for qualified music students

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Student Discounts

Local University Students
Concerts Free of Charge

Participating Universities:
West Virginia State University
University of Charleston
WVU-Tech

Area colleges and universities have traditionally purchased the rights for their students and faculty to attend WVSO Symphonic series concerts on a complimentary basis. Seating is honored on a first come first served basis for both Friday and Saturday night concerts.

If your university is not on this list, tell a faculty member to contact us about participating.

Student Musician Card Holders
Concerts Free of Charge

The WVSO offers free admission to Symphonic, Family Discovery, and Montclaire String Quartet series concerts based upon availability to students belonging to:

Kanawha County Schools String Program
West Virginia Youth Symphony
Tri-State Youth Symphony
Teays Valley Strings
Boone County Strings
New River Youth Symphony

Students may obtain a “Student Musician Card” from their string or orchestra instructor or may contact the WVSO Education Department directly. Each student will then be issued a free ticket at the Box Office the night of the performance (based upon availability).


Youth Symphonies

Taking lessons at school or privately can be rewarding, but playing in an ensemble can take your musical experience to a different level!

There are several area ensembles and web sites for young musicians you can check out:
West Virginia Youth Symphony
New River Youth Symphony and Chorus (rehearses in Fayette County)
Tri-State Youth Symphony (rehearses in Cabell County)
Teen Strings (for the next generations of string musicians)


Segal & Davis Family Foundation Education Initiative

The Segal & Davis Family Foundation has served a continuing role as a driving catalyst for the WVSO’s ever-expanding music education programming. The foundation made a nationally significant, four-year, $200,000 commitment to the WVSO that targets 27 of West Virginia ‘s most economically distressed counties.
The Segal & Davis Family Foundation recently agreed to extend this partnership past the four-year period enabling the WVSO to continue this nationally significant program.

Katharine B. Tierney Music Education Fund

The Tierney Music Education Fund is a multi-purpose program that provides Young People’s Concert Scholarships to economically distressed portions of West Virginia ‘s remaining 28 counties not covered by the Segal & Davis Initiative. This critical fund creates an opportunity for schools located in distressed pockets of these counties to qualify for transportation and admission fee scholarships when attending a Young People’s Concert Series. The fund is also an important underwriter of each of the actual Young People’s Concert Series.