The FHSU Western Kansas String Academy will present a family concert at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Plainville Public Library, 200 SW First St. The concert will include performances by the academy?s four youth orchestras, plus instrument demonstrations and student solos.
" Public performances are such an important part of playing a musical instrument," said Matt Means, director of WKSA and an assistant professor of music at FHSU. "They allow students the experience of polishing a piece, of presenting their best effort, and most importantly, of sharing their love of music with others."
The Western Kansas String Academy is a community music institute hosted by the FHSU Department of Music on Saturday mornings for string players of all ages and abilities. In its second semester of operation, the Academy currently has 40 students enrolled, from very beginner to advanced, ranging in age from 7 years old to adult, and hailing from 11 different communities in the region. Orchestras, ensembles, classes, and private lessons are taught by FHSU music faculty, FHSU music students, and community musicians.
The March 5 performance, about 45 minutes long, is free and open to the public. For more information about the Western Kansas String Academy, contact Cathy Drabkin (785-623-4187) or visit the Web site at www.fhsu.edu/wksa.