Monday, May 09, 2005

The fourth annual Fairmont Chamber Orchestra Festival, sponsored by Fairmont State, is now accepting applications for the festival's youth orchestras, which will meet from Monday, June 13, through Thursday, June 16.

The youth orchestras accept students from beginning strings through advanced strings and wind players and will perform two concerts, one in Fairmont and one at Pricketts Fort.

John Ashton, artistic director of the festival, has announced that M. Todd Wilson, conductor of the West Virginia Youth Orchestra Strings from 1996 to 2002 and currently conductor of the Capitol High School Orchestra, and Jenee Wright, professional violinist and teacher, will conduct the youth orchestras.

Student members will also be offered a class surveying music theory, as well as an opportunity to perform with the professional orchestra in residence.

For more information or application forms, call John Ashton at (304) 367-4171 or e-mail him at jashton@fairmontstate.edu.