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Applications being taken by symphony for James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship | News, Sports, Jobs

PARKERSBURG — Instrumental students in Wood and seven surrounding counties are invited to apply for a locally-based scholarship that offers private music lessons with a West Virginia Symphony Orchestra musician, invitations to rehearsals and interactions with Music Director Lawrence Loh.

The Dr. James F. Dunphy Memorial Scholarship Fund honors the late James Dunphy, 1930-2011, a lifelong devotee of and advocate for classical music who lived in Parkersburg for nearly 40 years. Dunphy was a research scientist at DuPont and studied music as a passion and hobby.

Students in grades 8-11 from Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Roane, Tyler and Wood counties can apply online at wvsymphony.org/education. Application deadline is March 21 with live audits and interviews to be scheduled for early April.

Scholarship activities for the chosen student take place throughout the 2022-2023 school year.

The scholarship fund established by the Dunphy family also supports visits by Loh to work with students in the Wood County Strings Program and to provide additional educational presentations in Wood County schools.

The program is in its first year. Previous scholarship winners include Kyle Jones (French horn) from St. Marys High School; Zoe Daugherty (violin) from Williamstown High School; Eli Hall (bassoon) from Roane County High School and Ethan Hupp (French horn) from Ravenswood High School.

For more information, contact Betty King at bking@wvsymphony.org.

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is West Virginia’s premier performing arts organization, presenting classical and pops concerts annually throughout the Mountain State.

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