Youth orchestra holds annual audition

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Auditions for the Beaufort Youth Orchestra will be Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Beaufort High School. Call Ron Maddox at 843-263-2190 to schedule an audition time.
In other youth orchestra news, last spring an anonymous donor pledged more than $16,000 to the Beaufort Youth Orchestra for the Brevard Scholarship Fund, permitting three BYO members to attend one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world.
The three students — Madison Maddox, Beaufort High; Xavier Westergaard, Beaufort Academy; and William Spivey, Savannah Arts Academy — joined 175 other high school students from over 41 states at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina for six weeks of intense musical study.  This respected summer program, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in its 69th year, has an international reputation, attracting musicians from around the world. The students also met with representatives of recruiting colleges/conservatories including Julliard, Curtis, Carnegie Mellon, Eastman, Vanderbilt, Peabody and Yale.
In order to be accepted to the Brevard program, a rigorous and competitive audition is required. The Beaufort Symphony Board and volunteers continue to seek all opportunities for young persons to meet their wonderful appetite for growth and to develop their gifts.