WILLIAMSTOWN - Williamstown High School and the Williamstown Strings Program will be host at 7 p.m. Saturday to West Virginia String Day by holding a free concert.
Jan Pickering, co-director of the strings program, said the annual event is sponsored by the West Virginia chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
String Day "has always been hosted in other counties in West Virginia and most typically in the Charleston area," she said. "For the first time we are going to be hosting it in Wood County."
The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Williamstown High School's new gymnasium. The event features eighth- through 10th-grade strings students from throughout the state, including students from Williamstown and Waverly.
Students will be under the direction of Steven Huang, director of orchestras at Ohio University.
The students will practice throughout the day with music professionals from throughout the state, Pickering said.
"They've been given the music ahead of time, but break into sectionals for practice throughout the day," she said.
The event helps showcase string music education in West Virginia. Pickering said the Williamstown Strings Program is now in its 14th year and has about 100 students in second- through 12th-grades.
Pickering said she hopes Saturday's concert will draw in area community members to learn about and enjoy the local string program.
Ashley Clark is co-director of the Williamstown Strings Program.