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Date: August 5, 2005
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College Invites Musicians to Audition for Orchestra on Aug. 27

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 Saturday, August 27, starting at 10 a.m.  Auditions will take place in the Music Recital Hall, located in the Music Building at 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.  Each participant will be asked to perform a solo musical selection of his/her choice (without an accompanist), play scales, and then sight-read another selection chosen by the conductor.

Participants desiring college credit must enroll in MU171 College Orchestra.  The one-credit course is offered on Monday nights at 7 p.m. on the Rockville Campus.  Montgomery County Public Schools students can earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for appropriate volunteer activities associated with their participation in the Orchestra.

“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 exciting concerts this fall semester.”

For more information about the Orchestra, contact the Montgomery College Music Department at 301-279-5209.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  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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