Fellowship Benefits

  • 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).

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.)

Instruments:

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)

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, February 6, 2016. 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 ACT test date for February 6, 2016.  Please take note that program auditions take place in the morning.)

Music performed for the audition would ideally be one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire for your instrument with orchestra.  An accompanist will be provided.  You must use the provided accompanist.  Pianists should prepare a major solo movement from the standard sonata repertoire.

Obligation of Fellows:

Thefellowship 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. Study scores and parts for each rehearsal session are provided on loan by the WVSO.  The fellow will be guided through the research and will be expected to communicate research findings to the program mentor before rehearsals.