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Morgantown Community Orchestra

FOR YOUTH, ADULTS, AND SENIORS

MCO Membership: $57 + $10 processing fee   

Registration Dates: August 23 – September 25

Final Registration Date: September 25, 2021


REGISTER ONLINE NOW or contact us! 


Conductor:


Dr. Alyssa Schwartz
aschwartz2@fairmontstate.edu


Morgantown Community Orchestra First Rehearsal Picture

        

*This ensemble is suitable as a pre-college training program for gifted and dedicated young musicians* 

 
Message to high-school students: 

Participation in this orchestra can count towards Community Service credits at school. If you are considering this, please contact your school in advance for approval and let us know upon confirmation. We'll be happy to verify, where appropriate and necessary.


TUITION AND PAYMENT

MCO COVID-19 Response for Fall 2021 

To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, the Morgantown Community Orchestra, similar to the Monongalia County Schools, will follow the strong guidance of the Monongalia County Health Department’s and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  recommendation to require that masks be worn inside the building of College of Creative Arts, regardless of vaccination status.  

 

Specifically for the new and returning members of the MCO, this means that MCO string and piano players are required to wear a mask during rehearsals and performances, while woodwind/brass players must maintain 6-feet distance between them. The MCO Director and Assistant Director are responsible to ensure these guidelines are being met within the ensemble and that they report, if any, positive virus cases to the Director of the WVU Community Music Program Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis.  


ABOUT MORGANTOWN COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA (MCO) 

The Morgantown Community Orchestra (MCO) is one of the largest music ensembles of the Community Mu sic Program at West Virginia University. It is designed for intermediate and advanced level players in the community and region, who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly orchestral setting.  
 

The repertoire is carefully chosen to accommodate the ensemble’s need for music with a wide range of styles and difficulty. Membership is open to everyone from youth to non-music and music major students, to adults and senior citizens throughout the greater-Morgantown community or other counties of the state. 
 

Membership to the MCO is open to everyone from youth to non-music and music major collegiate students to community members. The orchestra welcomes intermediate and advanced level players who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly orchestral setting. For potential new members, a gentle informal trial audition is recommended.  

 

HISTORY OF MCO 

The history of the Morgantown Community Orchestra (MCO) can be traced back to the first decades of the WVU School of Music, founded in 1897.  Enrollments were small in the early years, and for the School of Music to have an orchestra, talented members of the community and students joined in performances. This was certainly the case as late as the 1920s. Subsequently, the WVU Orchestra grew to the point where there were a sufficient number of students to perform orchestral literature, and the community ensemble languished until it was revived in the 1970s. It has been in continuous existence ever since. 

The MCO is a unique and exciting group in Morgantown, providing you rehearsals of a wide range of repertoire. It is a perfect opportunity to keep your fingers in good shape and sharp. If you want to learn how to play in a symphonic orchestra, or to improve your skills, here is your chance!


LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE GOALS 

In this ensemble, you will learn to:


 

SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES

Sunday, December 5, 2 PM, Antoinette Falbo Theater, College of Creative Arts


Dr. Alyssa Schwartz, Conductor

Mr. Shaun Hancher, Assistant Conductor


Saturdays (weekly), 09:00 am-12:00 pm, Room 2070 

1st Rehearsal - September 11, 2021


NOTE TO PARENTS OF YOUNG MCO MEMBERS:  

Although the Creative Arts Center is a safe environment, parents are advised to accompany young children to and from rehearsals and to not leave them unattended for any length of time. The Director cannot be expected to be responsible for waiting around after rehearsals to keep watch on children.


OVERTURE FROM BARBER OF SEVILLE
BY GIOACHINO ROSSINI

In lieu of a public concert in Spring 2020, members of the Morgantown Community Orchestra separately recorded a portion of the "Overture from Barber of Seville" by Rossini. Members were instructed to play their part while listening to a metronome. This final compilation was edited together by Alyssa Schwartz, Director of the Morgantown Community Orchestra