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Date: January 7, 2005

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Montgomery College Invites Community to Audition for Orchestra on Jan. 24

Montgomery College invites students and community members, including high school students looking for college-level playing experience, to audition for the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra on Monday night, Jan. 24, starting at 5 p.m., in the Music Building, Room 104, of the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  All musicians, both new and returning, must audition each semester.  To schedule a required audition time, call 301-279-5209.    

The orchestra has openings for musicians who play violin, viola, cello, or bass; flute, oboe, clarinet, or bassoon; french horn, trumpet, trombone, or tuba; and timpani, percussion, or harp.  The auditions will be one-on-one with the conductor and will last 4-8 minutes.  Each participant will be asked to perform a solo musical selection of his/her choice, play scales, and then sight-read another selection chosen by the conductor.

If selected for the orchestra, participants must enroll in MU171 College Orchestra.  The one-credit course is offered on Monday nights at 7 p.m. on the Rockville Campus. 

“The orchestra class is an exceptional educational opportunity for musicians,” notes Dr. Wen Kurkul, professor of music and conductor for the Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra.  “Those selected to join the orchestra can expect to play two exciting concerts this spring semester.”

For more information about the orchestra, contact Dr. Wen Kurkul, professor of music and orchestra conductor, at 301-251-7550.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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