Student musicians to work with Piedmont Symphony Orchestra

Shenandoah County students will be working with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra to develop their musical talents during a workshop next week.

Students who play string instruments will work with a quintet from the orchestra on Wednesday at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School. They will learn new music and then hold a concert in the school cafeteria at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Joel Ross, founder and administrator for the event, said this is the 10th year for the Shenandoah County strings summer camp program. It has between 60 and 80 students participate each summer.

He added that the primary purpose of this event is to “give our Shenandoah County strings students a chance to play their instruments in the middle of summer, when many of them do not take private lessons and simply run out of things to practice during the two months off.”

The program also “provides some new experiences and inspirations to our developing musicians,” he said. A variety of guest performers and clinicians will work with the students July 18-21 during daily workshops.

The concert on Thursday is open to the public “and is a performance of the repertoire the students have been spending most of their time preparing, he added.

Glenn Quader, conductor with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, said the workshop with the orchestra is part of an educational outreach program designed for middle and high school students enrolled in public or private music programs.

Ross added that the camp is funded by Shenandoah County Public Schools as part of the summer fine arts budget.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com