WV Symphony announces James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship for Parkersburg-Area Students

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (2/28/19) – Instrumental students in Wood and surrounding counties are invited to apply for a locally-based scholarship that offers private music lessons with a West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) musician, invitations to WVSO rehearsals and personal interactions with Music Director Lawrence Loh.

Students in grades 8 through 11 in Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties are encouraged to apply online at wvsymphony.org/education. The deadline to apply is April 5, and auditions will be held Friday, May 3 in Parkersburg. Scholarship activities for the chosen student take place throughout the 2019-2020 school year. 

The Dr. James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the late James Dunphy (1930-2011), a lifelong devotee of and advocate for classical music who lived in Parkersburg for nearly 40 years. Dr. Dunphy worked as a research scientist for DuPont and studied music as a passion and hobby. 

The scholarship fund that Dunphy’s family established also supports visits by Loh to instruct students in the Wood County Strings Program, and additional educational presentations in Wood County schools.

For more information, contact Betty King at bking@wvsymphony.org.

The WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 79th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.

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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra announces Deadline to Apply for WVSO Music Fellowship is Jan. 3

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (11/14/18) – The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra invites high school instrumental music students to apply for the Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship, a monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students.

Jan. 3 is the deadline to apply for this program that focuses on developing and encouraging West Virginia students interested in pursuing careers as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors.

Selected fellows will sit alongside WVSO musicians in rehearsals for the second half of the Elliot Foundation Symphonic and City National Bank Casual Classics concert series and will conduct personal research about the music being performed. Fellows also will meet and interact with guest artists, guest conductors and Music Director Lawrence Loh. Other fellowship activities are tailored to the winning candidates based on their interests and ability. The program takes place primarily outside school hours.

Applications are available at wvsymphony.org/Education/Vaughan Fellowship. The program is underwritten by a generous donation from Dr. Andrew and Amy Vaughan.

“We were inspired by our own musical experiences in WV schools,” said Amy Vaughan. “We wish to give back by encouraging students of today to expand their orchestral music horizons. The WVSO graciously offers us that opportunity by providing the student a unique view of a professional orchestra.”

Candidates should be serious instrumental music students in grades 9-12. Applications will be accepted for students playing the following instruments: harp, violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, pitched and unpitched percussion, and piano.

From the application round, finalists will be invited to the Jan. 11 two-part interview/audition round. Students are encouraged to perform one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire for solo instrument and orchestra. Pianists are encouraged to perform a sonata movement from the standard piano repertoire.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 79th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.

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JAMES F. DUNPHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR PARKERSBURG-AREA STUDENTS

James F. Dunphy

James F. Dunphy

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (2/22/18) – Instrumental students in Wood and surrounding counties are invited to apply for a new scholarship that offers private music lessons with a West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) musician, invitations to WVSO rehearsals and personal interactions with Music Director Lawrence Loh.


The Dr. James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the late James Dunphy (1930-2011), a lifelong devotee of and advocate for classical music who lived in Parkersburg for nearly 40 years. Dr. Dunphy worked as a research scientist for DuPont, and studied music as a passion and hobby.


Applications for the fall 2018 scholarship selection are open to students in grades 8 through 11 in Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties and are available online at wvsymphony.org. The deadline to apply is April 13. Auditions will be held Saturday, April 21, in Parkersburg.


The scholarship fund that Dunphy’s family established this year also supports visits by Loh to instruct students in the Wood County Strings Program, and additional educational lectures in Wood County schools.


For more information, contact Betty King at bking@wvsymphony.org.


The WVSO is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. Currently in its 78th season, the WVSO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region by providing affordable, high-quality concerts, collaborations with West Virginia arts organizations and a nationally award-winning education program.


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