Student musicians have an opportunity to perform with the Waupaca Area Orchestra (WAO) when presents its Mother’s Day concert at the Jensen Center in Amherst on May 11.
Letters have gone out to area music teachers inviting them to nominate young musicians who will shadow their counterpart in the WAO for rehearsals and for the Sunday afternoon performance.
The program will include Beethoven, Rossini, Grieg and Mahler. Organizers say the experience will be challenging and educational.
Students will be assigned to particular works, and will have about eight weeks to prepare. Students will have mentors to help introduce orchestral playing into their repertoire.
Most of the school systems in the Waupaca area have bands, but few, if any, have orchestras.
According to Emily Sipiorski, violinist and executive director of the WAO, an orchestra has an entirely different sound, and presents a different set of musical challenges.
She noted that school bands seldom use stringed instruments, so students studying strings privately in the area often have far to travel for their lessons. They and those who play wind instruments seldom get experience in an orchestra.
Teachers who missed the mailing and students who are home-schooled or study their instrument privately can get information and forms by calling 715-258-2604 or by emailing Emily@waupacaviolins.com. All forms must be returned before Feb. 28.
Information is also available on the orchestra’s website, http://waupacaareaorchestra.com.