WTAMU seeks high school players in orchestra ensemble | KAMR

CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Officials at the West Texas A&M University School of Music said they are looking for high school students to be part of a college-exclusive performance group.

According to a university press release, Ensemble Next is seeking up to three new student musicians for the ensemble’s second year. Audition videos featuring a performance of a solo or orchestral piece, except those that best showcase the skill of the musician, will be accepted through June 10. Videos can be emailed to Mark Bartley at mbartley@wtamu.edu or Evgeny Zvonnikov at evonnikov@wtamu.edu.

According to the release, the ensemble gives high school students the chance to take weekly lessons with Zvonnikov, the university’s Harrington violin teacher, as well as masterclasses with guest artists and performance opportunities around the region and state. . Previously, the ensemble performed with the WT Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Amarillo.

“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 in the statement.

The release says there is no attendance fee and once students complete a year in the program, students are offered a $500 scholarship to West Texas A&M University for their first season at play in the WT Symphony Orchestra.

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