EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS
Symphony for College Credit
Qualified college students may join the symphony and receive college credit for their participation. This program provides large ensemble opportunities to local community college students. The WVSO is an approved Partner Ensemble with the Wenatchee Valley College.
Symphony for College CrediT, a Continuing Education Course at WVC
This Continuing Education course encourages people of all ages to learn about instruments, composers and study excerpts that will be performed in the upcoming symphony concert.
In collaboration with Central Washington University, a graduate conducting student rehearses the orchestra and assists the Music Director throughout the concert preparation cycle.
orchestras feeding america
Joining orchestras across the country, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony participates in the Orchestras Feeding America National Food Drive. Patrons are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and place them in the bins by the theatre doors. Your food donations will be provided to local food banks.
Ensembles in the Community
A program that takes small performing ensembles into the community to entertain, educate and enrich our region.
Presented prior to each concert, the Prelude features Music Director Nikolas Caoile in an entertaining and informative pre-concert talk about the works being performed. Designed to draw audiences into the performances, lectures also include historical backgrounds on the composers and the periods in which they lived. Concert Preludes commence one hour prior to each concert.
This ongoing community engagement program is presented at community events and in local establishments, schools and senior living facilities. Volunteer musicians lead the portable music making experience.
Designed to pique interest in making music, this community engagement program provides the opportunity for children and adults to experiment with a variety of musical instruments. Volunteer musicians lead this portable experience.
Rehearsal Tickets for Music Students
An education program that invites middle and high school music students to select dress rehearsals, to provide them the opportunity to watch a working symphony rehearsal.
String Students in the Symphony
Advanced high school string students are given the opportunity to participate in the symphony, performing alongside and learning from symphony members.
angela schuster svendsen memorial Young Musician Competition
The Young Musician Competition is designed to encourage and foster musicianship in student musicians. The competition is held each spring with the winner earning the opportunity to be a featured soloist with the orchestra. Winners and participants have continued in their studies and have become professional performers and music educators.
Musical soirees provide classical music lovers the opportunity to hear chamber music performed by symphony and community musicians in an elegant and intimate setting.
Ensembles in the Schools
An in-school program that takes small performing ensembles into local school classrooms to educate and entertain students.
Visit from the Music Director
Presented by the Music Director in schools on Fridays prior to select concerts, this program is designed to educate and entertain student and adults.
Guest artists are occasionally invited to provide workshops or master classes for youth and adults. These workshops are announced through newsletters and our social media channels.
Orchestra Jam Sessions
Local musicians are invited to participate in chamber music rehearsals and become Music Ambassadors, spreading the joy of music throughout the regions alongside symphony musicians. Jam Sessions provide a platform for area musicians to exhibit their talents for the benefit of the region.
Through the Community Spotlight collaboration at each season concert, the symphony aims to bring awareness to local agencies who are doing good work in the community.
Independence Day Concerts
Each July 4, the Symphony performs at Walla Walla Park to fireworks shot over the Columbia River. The show is broadcast live and is heard either in the park or on the radio by over 15,000 people throughout the valley.
In collaboration with the Fabulous Feet Academy of Dance each December, The Nutcracker provides the opportunity for local families to experience the timeless classic and local dancers to work with a live orchestra.
Voortex Live is a visually and musically compelling symphonic and cinematic experience featuring live orchestral music synced with original cinematography shot by Voortex Productions.