The West Virginia University Community Arts Orchestra will perform its annual winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 7) in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre of the Creative Arts Center .

Jean Preckel, a member of the Zephyr Winds chamber music group in Morgantown, will perform with the orchestra as guest bassoonist. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Community Arts Orchestra is an ensemble made up of students in WVU s Community Music Program and area musicians.

As a teenager, Preckel began studying bassoon and traveled from her home in LaVale, Md., to Morgantown to study with former WVU music faculty member William Winstead. After high school, she received a scholarship to study music at WVU .

In 1969 she attended the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, and she graduated from WVU with a bachelors degree in bassoon performance with high honors in 1971. That year, she was also one of the winners of the Young Artist Competition at WVU .

Since then, Preckel has played bassoon as a freelance musician with orchestras in Salisbury and Easton, Md.; Westmoreland, Pa.; Fairmont; and Morgantown. She has also played chamber musicduos, trios and quintetsin Maryland and Morgantown.

Preckel also received a masters degree in horticulture from WVU in 1979.

She has been building model boats professionally for more than 25 years.

For more information about the winter concert, contact the WVU Community Music Program office at 304-293-4841 ext. 3168.