The Williamsburg Community Foundation announced a grant of $2925 to the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra to provide need-based scholarships for the WYO Summer Chamber Music Camp that will be held August 5 through August 9.
Tanya Song, WYO Executive Director says that the WCF grant will enable the Summer Camp to increase by two full and three partial scholarships, allowing for an increase in the number of ensembles. "Last year we had to turn away students unable to pay camp fees because we did not have sufficient funds for scholarships," Song explained. She added that students without instruments could borrow them through the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra' "Instruments for Kids" program.
Small group coaching and rehearsal supplement classes in music theory, music history, and technical skills. Each day a professional musician holds a seminar for all students on topics such as sight-reading and composition. The staff includes three full-time and five part-time professional instructors. A free concert by students for parents and community members culminates the week.
Founded in 1995, the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra provides music education and performance opportunities for students from elementary through high school, supplementing school programs. Each ensemble rehearses weekly throughout the school year and presents at least three public performances. Included are string ensembles, a junior wind and brass ensemble, and a full orchestra. Biennially the WYO Orchestra rehearses and performs with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. This is the seventeenth year for the WYO summer camp.
Recruitment for the summer camp will begin in April with the cooperation of schools and private teachers. Online applications may be submitted on the WYO website, https://www.wyomusic.org .
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