School briefs

August 21, 2006

Auditions planned for Shepherd orchestras

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra will hold auditions for the 2006-07 season on Wednesday Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. at Shepherd University's Frank Creative Arts Center.

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. Junior String Orchestra auditions will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

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 auditioning for the Senior Youth Orchestra should arrive to warm up and sign up for a time slot between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Those auditions will begin at 7 p.m. and end about 9:30 p.m.


Students will audition on a first-come, first-served basis.

The orchestra is beginning its ninth season and meets Wednesday nights for rehearsals throughout the school year. The orchestra is made up of students from Washington County, and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia. There is a $100 tuition fee per semester to participate.

For information, call Anne Munro at 304-876-5555; send an e-mail to; or go to and click on "preparatory."

Applications accepted for music programs

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd University Department of Music Preparatory Division now is accepting applications for the fall semester.

Students interested in studying woodwinds, brass, percussion, piano, voice, guitar, bass guitar, strings theory or jazz improvisation may call Anne Munro at 304-876-5555 or send and e-mail to

Musical Discoveries classes also will be offered during the fall semester for preschool students and will be taught by Frauke Higgins. Preschoolers have the option of attending a Tuesday or Friday morning class during the semester. Classes include Baby and Me for ages 4 months to 18 months; Musical Discoveries for 18 months to 3 years; and Music Class for 4- and 5-year-olds, a Dalcroze Eurhythmics-based class.

Registration forms are available at Shepherd University's Frank Creative Arts Center, Room M-14, or by calling 304-876-5555. The registration fee for the preparatory division is $25 per semester.

Applied teachers set their own weekly lesson fees, and teach half-hour and hour-long lessons depending on student level. The fee for the Musical Discoveries classes is $130 per semester and runs for 13 weeks beginning Sept. 5.

For information about music lessons and classes, go to and click on "preparatory."

Big events planned at two county schools

Two Washington County schools are planning big events as the new school year begins, according to press releases from Washington County Public Schools:

Salem Avenue Elementary School staff will host a grand reopening with an open house today from 6 to 8 p.m.

After three years of new construction and renovations, the 53-year-old school was completely renovated with the addition of a new gymnasium, cafeteria, media center, office suite and classrooms, according to the release.

Students and their families, alumni and the community are invited. Activities include tours of the schools, and video and picture presentations of the renovation process. Staff, including recently appointed acting principal Tom Garner, will be available.

A South Hagerstown High School committee organizing 50th-anniversary activities for the school will meet to complete plans on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Anniversary activities are planned for the weekend of Oct. 20, including events surrounding the homecoming football game that Friday.

The classes of 1957 and 2006 have made contributions toward signs now displaying anniversary information in front of the school.

For information about the anniversary, call the South High main office at 301-766-8369.

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