Summer Youth String Orchestra Forming

 

A new summer youth string orchestra program is forming in the Pottstown area, and any strings player who is between the age of 12 and 20 who is interested in keeping up their skills over the summer is invited to participate. The Youth Orchestra of Pottstown is being organized through the Arts and Culture committee of Mosaic Community Land Trust, which has offices on South Hanover Street. The program is being directed by Niki Purdy, a teaching artist with Play On, Philly!, a nonprofit after-school music program. “Having been part of community ensembles for years, I’ve seen the good that music can do. As a teacher, I feel strongly that music should be accessible to any child who is interested and has a desire to learn and have these experiences. I think that Pottstown is the perfect place for a community ensemble.”

The program is free of charge, but students must bring their own instrument. Rehearsals begin this week at Coventry Christian Academy, 699 N Pleasantview Rd, Pottstown. They will be held from 6:30-8:30 each Thursday throughout the summer.

If you are interested in auditioning for seating in one of the sections (which is not required to participate), auditions will be held Tuesday evening between the hours of 4:00-8:00 pm at the Hobart’s Run offices, located at 701 East High Street in Pottstown, adjacent to the Hill School. All students under 18 who wish to audition must be accompanied by an adult during the audition. Auditions will begin at 4:00 pm and proceed until 8:00 pm. A link to the sign-up for the audition can be found on the Mosaic Community Land Trust website under the events tab . Please prepare 36 bars of a solo or etude, and you will also be asked to sight read a short piece.

A performance will be held in the later part of August which will be free and open to the public. The orchestra is still searching for a location in Pottstown to hold the final performance, so keep an eye on the Mosaic website for information later this summer. Any adult wishing to volunteer to help with the orchestra must have Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearances, obtained here.

If you have questions, you can contact Mosaic at mosaicclt@gmail.com, or call (610)287-7828.

Cityscape artist to talk at Pottstown Area Artists’ Guild meeting tomorrow

The March meeting of the Pottstown Area Artists’ Guild will be held Tuesday, March 19th, from 7 to 9 PM in the Boyer Gallery of the Hill School’s Center for the Arts located at Beech and Sheridan Streets in Pottstown. (Plug 860 Beech Street into your GPS.)

After a short business meeting, artist Teresa Haag will present her fresh and deliberate painting approach to her “portraits” of cityscapes as she captures the energy of old buildings and streets.  She will talk about her unique approach to paint application as well as her experimentation with various materials and mediums. Check out her website here!

The meeting is free and open to the public.  You do not have to be an artist to attend.  Those simply having an interest in art are always welcomed.

Updates on PAAG’s upcoming third annual “Art on the Hill – the Pottstown Art Show” opening May 31st will also be made.  If you have any questions, or need directions, you can call Barbara Tschantre at 610-764-7586.

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