Music student looks to start new chamber orchestra in North Carolina

Posted on: August 13, 2012

In Thursday’s (8/9) Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina), Mike Wilder writes, “The orchestra will be the same size as the ones that first played the compositions of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Its size also will be a good fit for Burlington. That’s the hope of Will Kelley, who will be conductor of The North State Chamber Orchestra. … Kelley is studying music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The 2010 Williams High School graduate is majoring in piano performance and plans to pursue a master’s degree in conducting. … Partly because there are other orchestras in the United States with ‘Burlington’ in the title, Kelley and others decided to look for an alternative name, settling on The North State Chamber Orchestra, a play on one of the nicknames for the state of North Carolina. The name also underscores that the orchestra will perform in different locales, rather than only in Burlington. … Kelley is hoping to begin auditions for the orchestra in September, with the first performance by the end of the year. Tentative selections for the first concert include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s violin concerto.”

Posted August 13, 2012