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
Dr. Alyssa Schwartz
*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
TUITION AND PAYMENT
- FREE to students currently enrolled in private lessons/group classes in the Community
- A flat fee of $20.00 + $10 processing fee for WVU CCA students after showing student ID
Community Music Program faculty/staff, WVU College of Creative Arts faculty/staff, and college students outside of West Virginia University may receive up to 10% discount for their MCO membership after showing student ID
Discounts for seniors, and on multiple family members/classes/instruments registrations
Informal initial ‘play in’ is welcome on September 11, 18, and 25
Last day to register for the ensemble is September 25
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:
- interpret the language and intentions of conductors
play in an ensemble at an intermediate to advanced level
develop fundamental and analytical aural skills
understand the organization and the craft of orchestral work
important orchestral etiquette tips
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