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Friends of Music receives state grant

By Staff | Aug 19, 2016

The Friends of Music announced today that it has received a $8,023 grant from the state of West Virginia.

The funds are coming from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The grant will be used to support the Friends’ Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra during the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season.

The season, which begins in November, will include two concerts by the Orchestra and three more concerts by small ensembles. All of the concerts will be held in Shepherdstown’s Trinity Episcopal Church. Season details will be announced later this month.

“We’re very pleased and honored to receive this financial assistance from the Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment,” said Friends of Music board president Kenneth Mann.

“It reflects well on the quality of music we’re providing to the community, and on the hard work of our excellent music director, Jed Geylin and our board of directors and volunteers.”

The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It was originally associated with Shepherd University but now operates on its own.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends of Music in 2007 and has been sustained by the Friends since its inception. It is the only professional chamber orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and one of only three in the state.

Dr. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, as well as artist-in-residence at New Jersey’s Stockton University.

For more information on the Friends of Music, go to www.friendswv.org.