Two Chances to See/Hear PWCS Student Musicians

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Mark your calendars for Jan. 12 and Jan. 26 to ring in the new year with fabulous music performed by our talented high school music students. Up first, band students from across the county will perform together at the All-County High School Band event scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 at Osbourn Park High School. The annual event gives young musicians a chance to perform challenging scores under the direction of a guest conductor.

Band

The All-County High School Band represents the top Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) student band members. Senior Honors Band members are 9th–12th grade students chosen through an audition process, while the Ninth-Grade Honors Band members are chosen by their teachers, based on set criteria.

Linda Gammon, former band director in the Fairfax County Public Schools and current Administrator of the Virginia Music Education Association, will conduct the Senior Honors Band. Beth Sokolowski, director of music activities and director of bands at Villanova University, will direct the Ninth-Grade Honors Band.

Orchestra

Orchestra students from middle and high schools across the county are honing their skills for the upcoming All-County Event on Jan. 26 at Forest Park High School. This event will challenge select orchestra members as they rehearse new repertoire with guest conductors.

The All-County Senior and Junior Orchestra represents the best of the Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) music program, as participants audition for their place in the ensemble.

This year’s conductors bring a wealth of orchestra experience to the students. Buford Middle School Orchestra Director Donald Brubaker will conduct the Junior Honors Orchestra. Dr. Charles West, retired Virginia Commonwealth University professor of music, will conduct the Senior Honors Orchestra.

This All-County Event is a free concert and open to the public. The Junior and Senior Orchestras will perform Jan. 26 at 3:00 p. m. at Forest Park High School.

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