New program trains string players

A new youth ensemble looks to increase string music educational opportunities for area children.

The Warren Area Youth Symphonette will provide the next education step for area students participating in the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra’s Strings of Joy program. With no Trumbull County schools offering string instrument programs, the WPO began providing free violin lessons for students in grades 3 to 7.

The symphonette will be open to students in grades 6 to 12 who have had at least one year of private lessons.

Rachel Dunn, CEO of the symphonette board, said, “I think children in our community deserve the same types of programs other great communities have. That’s why I wanted to bring it here … This is one of those things people look for when they’re looking to buy a house — what is there to do for my kid?”

The symphonette is open to violin, viola, cello and bass players and will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Younger students may be admitted following an informal assessment with the WAYS musical director. In addition to the lessons, WAYS will give two public performances annually.

Participating students still will be encouraged to pursue private lessons, but the group lessons with the symphonette will provide a different kind of training.

“They will learn to work with other musicians, how to keep time better, things like that,” Dunn said.

For addition information on joining WAYS, email Dunn at Rachel@making ourways.org.

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