Auditions for Fort Hays State University's new Western Kansas String Academy will be held beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, in Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.
The Saturday morning academy consists of four different youth orchestras (pre-orchestra, beginner, intermediate, and advanced) for K-12 students. Even students who have never played an instrument are eligible to join the academy.
Each week includes an orchestra rehearsal followed by music classes or chamber ensembles, depending on the student's ability and knowledge. Individual private lessons are required of all students involved in the String Academy and can be arranged through academy instructors or independently with local private teachers. In addition, students are required to participate in their local school's orchestra program, if available.
Tuition is $75 per semester. If private lessons are obtained from the academy, the tuition will be $150 per semester. Private lessons can be scheduled for Saturday afternoons or at another time during the week, depending on student and instructor schedules.
"We see this as an excellent opportunity for parents who want to start their children early playing a stringed instrument -- the whole curriculum with individual instruction, small group and large group performances, plus music education makes for a complete program that helps ensure a student's success," said Matthew Means, director of the academy and an assistant professor of upper strings at FHSU.
Students or parents interested in WKSA can contact Assistant Director Pam Truman at (785) 623-4891 for an information packet and audition information.