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.