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Dunphy Scholarships available for Mid-Ohio Valley students

PARKERSBURG — Instrumental students in Wood and eight surrounding counties are eligible for a locally based scholarship that offers private music lessons with a musician from the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, invitations to symphony rehearsals and personal interactions with Music Director Lawrence Loh.

Three counties have been added to the list of eligible areas, Calhoun, Roane and Tyler, in addition to Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties.

Students in grades 8 through 11 can apply at wvsymphony.org/education. Deadline is April 5 and auditions will be held May 1 in Parkersburg.

Scholarship activities for the chosen student take place throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

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 for DuPont and studied music as a passion and hobby.

The scholarship fund that Dunphy’s family established also supports visits by Loh to instruct students in the Wood County Strings Program and additional educational presentations in Wood County schools.

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

The symphony presents classical, pops, family and chamber-music concerts annually throughout the Mountain State. It is in its 80th season.

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