Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras to Perform Free Spring Concerts


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The Winston-Salem Symphony's Youth Orchestras Program will hold its final concerts of the 2016-2017 Season in May. The Premiere Strings, led by Fabrice Dharamraj, and Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, led by Margaret Rehder, will perform on Sunday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University. The Winston-Salem Youth Symphony, under the baton of Maestra Jessica Morel, will perform on Sunday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 405 W. Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

“We hope you will join us for these concerts. The student musicians in all three ensembles are an inspiring group of musicians,” said Morel. “Their hard work and talent is impressive and I know you will enjoy hearing them play. These youth orchestra concerts are a chance to hear high caliber musicians who are the stars of tomorrow.”

At the May 21 concert, the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony will perform La Péri Fanfare by Paul Dukas, Concertino for Flute and Orchestra by Cécile Chaminade (featuring Winston-Salem Youth Symphony Concerto Competition winner Melissa Rogers on flute), and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

Melissa Rogers is an 11th-grade homeschool student in Classical Conversations, who has studied flute for six years, with Carla Copeland-Burns. In December of 2016, she competed in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts solo competition and won first place for her performance of the Chaminade. During the fall of 2015, Rogers won first place in her division as part of the Raleigh Area Flute Association. Rogers currently holds first chair in the Winston-Salem Youth Orchestra and has been a member of the Youth Orchestra for two years. She began her orchestra career as a member of the Winston-Salem Youth Philharmonic during the 2014-2015 season. In addition to orchestra, Rogers participated in the North Carolina Band Festival in ninth and 10th grade, as fifth chair and first chair flute, respectively. As a beginning flute student, she performed in solo and ensemble competitions, earning superior ratings, along with participating in the North Carolina Central District Band as 5th chair in 2012, which earned her a spot in the North Carolina State band as 9th chair.

The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras program will be holding auditions for the 2017-2018 season on June 2 and June 3 at R. J. Reynolds High School at 301 N. Hawthorne Road, in Winston-Salem. For more information, please visit

Source: Winston-Salem Symphony


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