The Morgantown Community Orchestra, conducted by Alejandro Pinz�n and made up of students in West Virginia University’s Community Music Program and Morgantown-area musicians, will hold auditions for new members at the Creative Arts Center, Saturday, Sept. 15.

The orchestra is for intermediate- and advanced-level players of all ages in the community and region who wish to share and develop their talents while enjoying music making in a friendly orchestral setting.

According to Pinz�n, this is a “friendly” audition event and it is open to both new and current members of the Morgantown Community Orchestra. The auditions will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 200B of the Creative Arts Center.

“Bring your instrument, play a piece of your choice for a couple of minutes, and meet other orchestra members,” Pinz�n said. “It will be easy, quick, and fun.”

Anyone planning to audition should RSVP to Pinz�n by sending an email to: mcomusic@mail.wvu.edu. For more information see the orchestra’s website at http://music.wvu.edu/mco.

The orchestra will perform a chamber concert on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A) of the Creative Arts Center. Guest artist for this event will be Jia-Yi He, a world-class harmonica virtuoso, who has received numerous awards at international festivals and competitions in England, Germany, Israel, Japan and the United States. He is a harmonica teacher at the Turtle Bay Music School in New York City.

“For this concert the full orchestra will not perform, but small ensembles and soloists from the orchestra will be featured instead,” Pinz�n said. “It’s going to be a night of chamber music, diverse repertoire and various ensembles. A string quartet made up of orchestra members will also accompany Mr. He for one of the selections.”

The full orchestra will perform a concert at the Creative Arts Center in December. This will be a show that features holiday music, scenery and costumes, and an opportunity for the audience to sing along.

The Morgantown Community Orchestra has existed as part of the Community Music Program in the WVU School of Music since the late 1970’s, under various names. Just recently, the name was changed from the Community Arts Orchestra to the Morgantown Community Orchestra.

“Lately, the orchestra is going through a very important moment in its history and a real rebirth,” said Pinz�n. “Among other important developments, our membership borders 45 people and keeps growing, and we’re starting partnerships with other areas of WVU.

“Our past concerts have been attended at full capacity, and we’ve commissioned new works written specifically for the orchestra,” he said.

“Last spring, the orchestra performed a ‘tour’ concert at Waynesburg University, in Pennsylvania on April 28, before its spring concert at the Creative Arts Center.”

Pinz�n is a young and versatile Mexican musician. He is also conductor of the String Studio and String Ensemble at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa., and is former choir director of the Coro Latinoamericano – Pittsburgh, with whom he presented several concerts and programs to share the music and cultures of Latin America in the Western Pennsylvania region. He is currently completing his doctorate in conducting in the WVU School of Music and is assistant conductor of the WVU Symphony Orchestra. His activities as a conductor include frequent performances both in M�xico and in the United States.

On August 25, he was guest conductor for “Camerata Cattaruzzi” at a concert in the Sal�n de Actos of the Law School of the Buenos Aires University, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The concert was part of the “Cycle of Great Concerts” of the educational institution. This concert served as Pinz�n’s debut in South America and the program included “Piano Concerto No. 12, in A Major” by W. A. Mozart, with Buenos Aires pianist Sabrina Blebel as the soloist; “Sarabande, Gigue and Badinerie” by Arcangelo Corelli; as well as “Panamanian Dances” by William Grant Still, “Spanish Serenade” by Joaqu�n Malats, and “Caminante del Mayab” by Antonio Mediz Bolio and Guty C�rdenas; works of Panamanian, Spanish, and Mexican folklore, respectively.

For more information about the auditions or upcoming concerts, see the website at http://music.wvu.edu/mco or call 304-293-4532. The orchestra is also on Facebook.

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