WV Symphony announces 2019 Vaughan Fellow

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (1/25/19) – Ethan Hupp from Ravenswood was named the 2019 Student Symphonic Fellow for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s (WVSO) Andrew and Amy Vaughan Fellowship Program. He was chosen after an audition and interview process held on January 11 at the Clay Center.

Hupp, a junior, plays the French horn at Ravenswood High School and was also named the 2018 WVSO Dunphy Scholar. In addition to that honor, Hupp has been a member of the WV All-State Band, All-State Honor Choir, and All-State Chamber Choir.

The committee awarded honorable mentions to Ashley Elswick, a senior clarinetist from Riverside High School and Johni Alexander, a senior flutist from Buffalo High School. Elswick was a multi-year participant in All-County and All-State bands while at Riverside High School; Alexander is a member of Buffalo High School Concert and Marching bands and served as field commander this year.

Hupp will build upon his knowledge and mastery of music by sitting on stage alongside WVSO musicians during rehearsals. He will also meet renowned guest artists during the second half of the Elliot Foundation Symphonic Series and City National Ban Casual Classics Series and will conduct personal research about the music the WVSO performs.

Sponsored by Dr. Andrew and Amy Vaughan, this fellowship program began in 2002 to develop and encourage West Virginia high-school students to pursue careers as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors. This monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students remains a unique program among orchestras throughout North America.

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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West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018 Vaughan Fellows

CHARLESTON, W.VA. (1/31/18) – A young clarinetist from Ona and an emerging violinist from Charleston are the 2018 Student Symphonic Fellows in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s (WVSO) Andrew and Amy Vaughan Fellowship Program.

As Vaughan fellows, Armaan Karimpour, a sophomore at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington, and Aya Hobeika, a junior at George Washington High School in Charleston, will build upon their knowledge and mastery of classical music by sitting on stage alongside WVSO musicians during rehearsals. They will also meet renowned guest artists during the second half of the 2018 Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series and conduct personal research about the music the WVSO performs.

The selection committee awarded an honorable mention to a third finalist, Dustin Parsons, of Cottageville, who is honing his tuba-playing skills as a senior at Ravenswood High School.

Aya, 17, is a member of the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra, the West Virginia All-State Symphony Orchestra, NAfME National Symphony Orchestra and the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra Quartet. Aya also plays soccer and is a member of Model United Nations Club and Junior Civitan Club.

Armaan, 16, is principal clarinetist for his school band, sings tenor in the school chorus and provides vocal and instrumental music for his church’s music ministry. He is co-principal clarinet for the West Virginia Youth Symphony and was 1st chair of the All-County Band for four years, 6th chair in the 2017 All State Band and principal chair for the 2018 All-State Orchestra. Armaan also play tennis and is a member of his school’s Key Club, Science Olympiad and Student Council.

Dustin, 18, is a member of Ravenswood’s wind ensemble, jazz band, marching band and Future Farmers of America.

Sponsored by Drs. Andrew and Amy Vaughan, this fellowship program started in 2002 helps to develop and encourage West Virginia high-school students to pursue careers as professional musicians, educators, composers or conductors.

Applicants audition before the selection committee, complete an application that includes an essay that explains their interest in the program as well as their professional and academic goals, and submit at least two letters of recommendations.

This monitored and time-intensive training program for serious music students remains a unique program among orchestras throughout North America.

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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