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High School String Honor Orchestra

February 22-24, 2018

Dr. Mitchell Arnold, Conductor

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce the 2018 Honors String weekend taking place February 22-24 here at the WVU School of Music.  Many of you have already seen the information on our WVU School of Music web page and registered. For those who haven’t, you can find information and registration forms at the WVU School of music webpage  Click the link for the HS String Honor Weekend on our home page.

The Honor orchestra will perform Star Wars: The Force Awakens Suite, by Williams, Dvoraks’s Slavonic Dance, Greensleeves by Vaughan Williams, and Stokowski’s arrangement of Sheep Shall Safely Graze.  Additionally, each section will work with members of our string faculty and perform a section soli.  All the music is already posted!  You may download and provide parts to your students now!

The weekend begins with a performance by WVU’s nationally recognized Symphony Orchestra.  Featured as soloist is our Professor of Bass, Andrew Kohn, performing the ‘Koussevitsky’ Concerto.

Also on the program are the complete ballet music to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and a suite of Bernard Herrmann’s fantastic music to the Hitchcock film North by Northwest.

The weekend culminates with the Honors String Orchestra on Saturday concert that follows a day and half of rehearsals and sectional work with my string faculty colleagues.

The deadline to register is 11 January.

If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact me at or Jodie Lewis at

I look forward to seeing many of you again, to meeting those of you coming for the first time, and most of all, working with your fine students.


Dr. Mitchell Arnold

Director of Orchestral Activities

West Virginia University