In June 2006 our first rehearsal took place, with 14 students in the Symphony. Six months later, at our December 2006 Winter Concert, 30 students performed in the Symphony and 27 students in the Chorus.
The New River Youth Symphony and Chorus is here today because of the need in Southern West Virginia for a place where talented young people can learn and grow under the direction of professional musicians who have a personal commitment to excellence.
The New River Youth Symphony and Chorus is a 501(c)(3)-approved, tax- exempt organization, which means contributions and gifts are tax deductible.
A list of the concerts that the New River Youth Symphony & Chorus has done can be found here.
William Bailey, the conductor of the New River Youth Symphony, has many years of experience in working with young people in the public schools. His artistic leadership enables the students to take on challenging music and play with confidence.
Judith Garvin Arnold, the conductor of the New River Youth Chorus, is an accomplished soloist and instructor of voice and choirs. Her diligent guidance and store of knowledge encourage the students to perform their best.
The New River Youth Symphony and Chorus meet for back-to-back rehearsals on the same night of the week, in order to allow students the opportunity to participate in both groups without conflict and with a commitment of only one night per week.
There are three seasons throughout the year. The spring season is March through May. The summer season is June through August. The fall season is September through early December. There are no rehearsals during the winter months, in order to avoid icy road conditions. At the conclusion of each season, concerts are held in locations throughout Southern West Virginia.
New students may audition at the beginning of any of the three seasons. There is a tuition fee for each season.