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.