The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


March 2, 2014

A musical spring season ready to begin

The spring season of New River Youth Symphony & Chorus begins Monday, March 3, at Oak Hill High School.

Many serious young musicians in southern West Virginia devote their time and passion to practicing and performing music. Young instrumentalists and vocalists enjoy the opportunity to make music together and perform in the New River Youth Symphony & Chorus.

The Beginner Chorus, under the direction of Kathie Kiser, serves 5-9 year-old students. This group helps children to focus, understand rhythms, and match pitch. Kiser and her team use sign language, puppets and games to develop the  ability to enjoy music.

The Beginner Chorus is a great place for young singers to learn to sing together and be prepared to perform in front of an audience.

The Youth Chorus enjoys a wide variety of music that is fun to sing — folk songs, classical songs, holiday songs and artsy songs. Chorus is an excellent place for students, ages 10-24, to develop their vocal technique and to experience the camaraderie of a group who enjoy performing together.

The choruses conducted by Pam Shrader.

The Emerging Strings is a new group, just started this past fall. Students play a variety of string instruments — violin, viola, cello, bass — and learn to play together in a group setting. Christina Bailey and Perri Kiser gently lead beginner-level students in how to perform easy, yet lively and fun, arrangements for string orchestra.

The New River Youth Symphony is home to many young musicians who delight in beautiful music and relish playing together. Conducted by William Bailey, the Symphony performs concert literature from the great composers, as well as the occasional jazz piece and popular favorites. Since this is a full orchestra, woodwinds, brass, and concert percussion students are welcome, as well as those who play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Symphony is for students, ages 8-24.

NRYSC has been serving young musicians in southern West Virginia since 2006. It began as a grassroots, parent/student effort to provide a unique instrumental and vocal ensemble opportunity to young people with a desire to grow as musicians. The students are a mixture of public school, private school, and homeschooled students from various counties in southern West Virginia. They all share a love of music and performing together.

Financial support from the Beckley Area Foundation, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Governor’s Community Participation Project, Fayette County Commission, the Town of Fayetteville, and southern West Virginia businesses and individuals has been used to purchase instruments and equipment, as well as to provide scholarships for the student musicians.

If interested in joining NRYSC for the spring season, visit the website at for details on auditions and rehearsals or call 304-619-5971.

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