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Symphony seeks youth chamber musicians

By Dennis Hill
Published in News on August 24, 2009 1:59 PM

Special to The News-Argus

The North Carolina Symphony has created the North Carolina Symphony Young All-Stars, a new chamber orchestra for advanced high school musicians, led by its music director Grant Llewellyn in partnership with the Triangle's Philharmonic Association and its music director Hugh Partridge.

North Carolina high school students between the ages of 14-19 can audition at Mey-mandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts Sept. 26. Audition requirements, application and further details can be found at www.ncsymphony.org/education.

"The repertoire will be selected to fit the assembled group of players," said Kathryn Wyatt, symphony director of education.

The new group's schedule includes concerts on Sunday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, April 11, as well as several rehearsal sessions for each performance. For students who live out of the area, accommodations in private homes can be provided. A participation fee of $75 is required; scholarships may be available.

"Playing in a chamber orchestra is challenging and fun," Ms. Wyatt said. "There is a spark from playing with a small ensemble that transmits to electricity on stage. Grant is an inspiring leader who will push young musicians to embrace their potential. I think these two weeks will be a significant accomplishment and growth opportunity for the young people involved."