Outstanding High School Musicians Wanted for WT Ensemble Next | New

CANYON, Texas — The area’s top high school string players are being sought for an exclusive performance band at West Texas A&M University.

Ensemble Next recently completed its second year and is looking for up to three new student musicians.

Audition videos featuring a performance of a solo piece or orchestral excerpt that best illustrates the musician’s skills will be accepted through June 10. Videos can be emailed to Dr. Mark Bartley at mmbartley@wtamu.edu or Evgeny Zvonnikov at ezvonnikov@wtamu.edu.

The project offers select students weekly lessons with Zvonnikov, WT’s Harrington Lecturer in Violin, as well as masterclasses with guest artists and performance opportunities across the region, state and beyond. Ensemble Next performed with the WT Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Amarillo in its first two years.

There is no participation fee and once they complete a year in the program, students are offered a $500 scholarship to WT for their first season in the WT Symphony Orchestra.

“We started this program to hire outstanding high school students with the WT School of Music, even if they don’t major in music if they go to college,” Zvonnikov said.

After two years, four Ensemble Next alumni are attending WT and majoring in areas other than music, said Bartley, director of orchestral activities, music teacher Lilith Brainard and associate director of the School of Music.

“They chose to attend WT because they felt at home here after working with the ensemble and with Evgeny, so it has benefits that go beyond music school,” Bartley said. .

Ensemble is available for performance opportunities around the Panhandle, and eventually, Zvonnikov plans to enter Ensemble Next in regional and national competitions.

“The caliber of students we’ve already attracted are at this level and deserve this kind of recognition,” he said.

Students who participated in Ensemble Next over the past two academic years were Rodrigo Alonzo from Amarillo High School, Cade Foard from Amarillo Middle School, Patrick Daly-Williams from Amarillo High School, Anna Ng from Tascosa High School, Aaron Arenivas from Ascension Academy and studying at home. Elaine Procter.

Daly-Williams, Alonzo and Ng have since signed up for WT.

Fostering an appreciation for the arts is a key goal of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From Begging to the World.

This plan is powered by One West’s historic $125 million global fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which launched publicly on September 23 — has raised around $110 million.

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