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Preparatory orchestra provides a place for young musicians to play

January 18, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra program, under the direction of Anne Munro and Mark McCoy, is in its ninth season at Shepherd University. The group is comprised of middle and high School wind and string students from Washington County, and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia.

The orchestra meets Wednesday evenings for rehearsals and presents two concerts during the school year. Enrollment is open and based on an audition process. There is a modest tuition fee per semester to participate. Shepherd University music faculty string coaches for the orchestra are Heather Austin Stone and Petr Skopek for violin, Kathy Shrader for viola and Stephen Czarkowski for cello. Wind, percussion and string players from Shepherd University also participate in the orchestra.

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