Youth Orchestra Auditions At SU

The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra will hold auditions for its 11th season on Wednesday September 2 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for Senior Orchestra members and on Wednesday, September 9 for Junior String Orchestra members at the Shepherd University Frank Creative Arts Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Positions are open in all string sections in the Junior and Senior Youth Orchestras. Students auditioning for the Junior Youth Orchestra are asked to prepare a solo and scale of their choice to perform at the audition and should be able to sight-read music at a beginner to early intermediate level. Students auditioning for the Senior Youth Orchestra are asked to prepare a solo of their choice and will be asked to play scales and sight-read. Students wishing to audition for the Senior Youth Orchestra 1st or 2nd violin section should arrive to warm-up and sign up for a time slot by 6 p.m. Auditions will run from 6-7:30. Viola, cello and bass section members should arrive to audition between 7:30-9 p.m. Junior String Orchestra members will audition from 6:30-8 p.m. on September 9th. Students will perform their audition on a first come first serve basis during the scheduled audition times. Other audition times may be scheduled with the consent of the preparatory division coordinator. Rehearsals for both ensembles begin Weds. Sept. 16th. The Junior String Orchestra meets from 6:15-7:15 and the Senior Orchestra meets from 7:30-9 p.m. Complete rehearsal and concert schedules will be available the night of auditions.

The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra is beginning its 11th season at Shepherd University and meets Wednesday evenings for rehearsals throughout the school year. Concerts will be presented on January 13 and May 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Frank Arts Center Theater. The orchestra is made up of student members from Washington County, Maryland and Berkeley and Jefferson Counties in West Virginia as well as students from Shepherd University. The tuition fee for the Shepherd Youth Orchestra is $125 per semester and will include two free family member admissions to each concert. The orchestras are under the direction of Ms. Heather Austin-Stone, Junior String Orchestra and Dr. Mark McCoy, Senior Orchestra. Please contact Lisa Oswald at 304-876-5555 or email her at for additional information about the youth orchestra. Also, visit our website at