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TO BE ANNOUNCED ...
The mission of the newly created Williamsport
Symphony Junior Strings, under the direction of Mr. Matthew Radspinner, is
to offer an education in orchestral ensemble playing to young string
players in the greater Williamsport area.
Qualifications - The orchestra is open to string students who may not be
quite ready for the
Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra. The target student is young high school,
middle school, and advanced elementary school. Students should study
privately or be involved in their school orchestra program.
Rehearsals - The WSJS will rehearse 5 times per school semester culminating in a performance.
Performance Level - The WSJS will play a variety of repertoire that is challenging enough that the group will have to practice, but also obtainable enough that ensemble techniques can be taught. The target repertoire is grade 3 and high grade 2 (Merle Isaac and Vernon Liedig arrangements for example).
Auditions - For the first year we are asking students to be admitted to the first rehearsal simply on a teacher recommendation. The recommendation form will be available on the Symphony’s website soon. This form should be completed and submitted prior to the first semester.
DOWNLOAD THE WSJS RECOMMENDATION FORM►
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Matthew Radspinner has studied music education at Penn State and
Mansfield Universities as well as Shenandoah Conservatory. Radspinner has
been a string education specialist for the Williamsport Area School district
since 2005, is a member of the music education faculty of Susquehanna
University and teaches at the Ohio State String Teacher Workshop. Radspinner currently serves as the orchestra director at Williamsport Area High School where he directs three orchestras as well as the Millionaire Strolling Strings.
Radspinner received the 2009 PADESTA (Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association) Outstanding Young String Teacher Award. The Curtin Middle School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Radspinner was invited to perform at the 2008 PMEA State Conference. Radspinner was also one of the directors of the Williamsport Youth String Ensemble, which performed a full concert at the 2010 PMEA State Conference in Pittsburgh. Radspinner has also served as the assistant music director for the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra.
On double bass, he has appeared with the Williamsport, Nittany Valley and Altoona symphonies and was a bassist with the Penns Woods Festival Orchestra and the Hershey Pops Orchestra. He has performed with jazz greats such as Dennis DiBlasio, Michael Davis, George Rabbi, Jim Rupp, Grammy-nominated Phil Matson and Grammy Award-winners Peter Eldridge and Alex Meixner. In the Williamsport area you may have seen him with such artists as Tim Breon, VJQ, Bobby Leidhecker, Voyage, The Uptown Music Collective, Steve Mitchell, the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra just to name a few. He resides in Williamsport with his wife Anna and their daughters Megan and Elizabeth (Libby).
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WILLIAMSPORT SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA, CLICK HERE►
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